2022 Saint Michael's Nordic Skiing Outlook

2022 Saint Michael's Nordic Skiing Outlook

COACHING STAFF
Head Coach: Molly Peters (10th Year)
Assistant Coach: Pennie McEdward Rand (4th Year)

LAST YEAR
2020 EISA Championship: 11th/19 (combined with Alpine) | 11th/12 (men's Nordic) | 11th/11 (women's Nordic)

THIS YEAR
Returners: 14
Newcomers (First-Years): 5 (4)

FAST FACTS
While 14 skiers return to the program for the 2022 season, five have yet to compete in a college carnival, with Saint Michael's not competing on the college circuit during the 2020-21 school year ... in all, 10 of the 19 members of the squad have yet to take part in a carnival ... six men and three women return from the 2020 team's regular lineup ... at least four first-years are on the roster for the seventh consecutive season.

KEY DATES
Saint Michael's opens the season on Friday and Saturday at the Colby College Carnival before hosting its third carnival in eight years the following weekend, but its first with Alpine and Nordic events running on the same days since 2015 ... the Saint Michael's Carnival, on Jan. 21-22, will send Alpine racers to Smugglers' Notch Resort in Jeffersonville and Nordic competitors to Sleepy Hollow in Huntington ... the Purple Knights remain close to home for the University of Vermont Carnival on Feb. 4-5, Dartmouth College Carnival on Feb. 11-12 and Middlebury College Carnival on Feb. 18-19 ... the University of New Hampshire hosts the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Championship on Feb. 25-26 ... qualifiers head to Utah for the NCAA Championship on March 9-12.

SENIORS (6)

  • Gaelan Boyle-Wight (Newry, Maine/Telstar Regional), men's team | 3rd-year captain | 2020: competed in 12 races | led team during five of 11 individual races
  • John Cunningham (Springfield, N.H./Kearsarge Regional), men's team | 2020: competed in 7 races | led team during 1 individual race, at UVM classic sprint on Jan. 24
  • Mikey Halligan (Gansevoort, N.Y./Saratoga Central Catholic), men's team | 2020: competed in 7 races
  • Will Meehan (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle Regional), men's team | 2020: competed in 12 races
  • Cecelia Schmelzle (Saint Louis Park, Minn./Saint Louis Park), women's team | graduating in 3 years | 2020: competed in 12 races as first-year | led team during 1 individual race, at UVM 5K freestyle on Jan. 25
  • Rachel Smith (Old Forge, N.Y./Town of Webb), women's team | captain | 2020: competed in 12 races | led team during 10 of 11 individual races

JUNIORS (3)

  • Joey Del Toro (Woodbury, Minn./East Ridge), men's team | captain | 2020: competed in 12 races
  • Grace Erholtz (Baxter, Minn./Brainerd), women's team | captain | 2020: competed in 12 races
  • Sam Heyliger (Whitefield, N.H./White Mountains Regional), men's team | captain | 2020: competed in 12 races

SOPHOMORES (6)

FIRST-YEARS (4)