Colby skier Sierra Leavitt ’16 recently placed ninth in the giant slalom race at the NCAA Division I Championships, which earned her NCAA All-American status. “Once I was there, I didn’t really have any crazy expectations for myself,” Leavitt said. “I knew that it would be amazing if I could get in the Top 10 and become an All-American, but it was sort of a goal that I always thought was unattainable.” Leavitt started the competition seeded 31st of 34 skiers; her first run vaulted her all the way to eighth place, and her second dropped her back only one slot.

Two weeks later, Leavitt competed in the U.S. Alpine Championships at Sugarloaf alongside such noted skiers as Lindsey Vonn, Mikaela Shiffrin, and Julia Mancuso. Leavitt, an English major, was also recently named to the New England Small College Athletic Conference Winter All-Academic Team.