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Contact: William Sodoma
Date: January 10, 2013
WATERVILLE, Maine --- The Colby College alpine ski teams open the 2013 season Friday at the University of Vermont Carnival with plenty of experienced skiers returning for head coach Danny Noyes.
The Mules will ski at the St. Lawrence Carnival next weekend before hosting the Colby Carnival on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 25-26, at Sugarloaf.
For the Colby men, senior co-captain Marc Massie (Wayzata, Minn.) and junior Jim Ryan (Mendon, Vt.) are two veteran skiers on what should be a solid team. The Mules did lose leading point producer Brian Morgan to graduation from last year's team, but nearly everyone else returns. Ryan placed 18th in the giant slalom and 25th in the slalom at the NCAA Skiing Championships last year. Meanwhile, Massie took 19th in the slalom at the Eastern meet.
Sophomore Craig Marshall (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) had the best finishes of any returning skier in the Eastern meet last year. He was 18th in the slalom and 25th in the giant slalom.
Junior Matt McKenna (Hartford, Vt.) is the other co-captain for the men's team and will bring experience along with junior Will Randall (Old Saybrook, Conn.) and senior Justin Sperry (Meredith, N.H.). Sophomore Sam Glaisher (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) and first-year Peter Schow (Peru, Vt.) will look to make an impact.
Cassady Roberts (Steamboat Springs, Colo.), fresh off a trip to the NCAA meet last year, and fellow senior Katie Houser (Marblehead, Mass.) are co-captains for the Colby women. Roberts took 26th at the NCAA meet in the slalom after placing 13th in the event at the Eastern meet. The Mules do lose fellow NCAA participant Natalie Biedermann to graduation.
Brittney Ziebell (Bedford, N.H.), a junior, and sophomore Jeanne Barthold (Lyme, N.H.) often placed third and fourth among Colby skiers at last year's carnivals. Junior Devon Engle (Bend, Ore.) also returns for the Mules. First-years Paige Whistler (San Francisco, Calif.) and Destrey Enders (Pleasant View, Utah) are newcomers.