Ski Team Finishes Strong
by The Milton Measure on Friday, February 21st, 2014
Although Milton students will inevitably shift their attention to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics during the next couple of weeks, they need not look farther than Blue Hills to see amazing skiing, as Milton Academy’s own ski team has proven itself one of the top programs in New England. After months of training and hard work, the members of the Milton Academy Ski Team headed off to New Hampshire’s Loon Mountain last Tuesday to compete in the NEPSAC Class B Championship.
Skiers raced through two events at Loon, the slalom and the giant slalom. While the slalom tested the skiers’ navigation skills, the giant slalom, or “gs,” is geared toward speed skiers, as the gates were farther apart. The team, led by boys’ captain Johnny Lawson (II) and girls’ captain Helena Thatcher (I), achieved impressive results. Lawson finished 2nd in slalom and 13th in gs, while Lydia Hill (IV) earned a top ten finish.
Although the team had a difficult beginning of the season due to former captain Luca Lorenzoni’s absence, younger members of the team, such as Johnny Lawson, Nick DiGiovanni (II), Davis Tantillo (II) and Trevor Hopkins (III), have stepped up as leaders, helping to guide the team through a successful season.
Off the slopes, ski team members share a very close bond. “We’re like one big happy family; we always support each other,” commented Tantillo. He also went on to say that the team’s “laid-back and fun” practices have helped to spark many friendships, and even some relationships between team members. Hadley Noble (III) added, “We are one of the closest teams on campus. I was proud to be part of such a close-knit group.” Despite their favorable performance at New England’s, the Milton Ski Team is already looking to improve for next season. With several young talents returning next winter, the team has their minds set on a 2015 New England Championship.
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