2020 ALPINE SKIING Preview

The Middlebury men’s alpine team returns a solid core of veterans, while the women’s squad will have some holes to fill for the 2020 carnival season. Last season, the Panthers won their own carnival, while placing third in each of the other five competitions. The alpine squad qualified a full team for the NCAA Championships, placing 10th overall.

Juniors Justin Alkier and Erik Arvidsson, along with sophomore Tim Gavett were top finishers throughout the 2019 season. Senior Pate Campbell competed nearly every weekend, while sophomore Michel Macedo missed the final two carnivals of the season.

Arvidsson is a two-time All-East selection, who earned All-American honors in 2018. The former EISA Rookie of the Year swept the Middlebury Carnival a year ago, while placing in the top three on six different occasions. He finished the regular season ranked third overall in the East.

Erik Arvidsson

Gavett had a stellar rookie season for the Panthers, earning All-East honors with an overall ranking of sixth. He excelled in the GS, holding down the fifth spot in the east, including a second-place finish at Middlebury and a third-place effort at Vermont.

Tim Gavett

Alkier was an All-East racer who held down the 11th spot in the eastern rankings, coming on strong at the end of the season. He finished the year with three top-10 finishes, including a second-place effort during a GS qualifying race at Dartmouth.

Justin Alkier

Campbell finished a season-best third in the GS at Dartmouth, while placing ninth in the same event during his own carnival. Macedo cracked the top-20 in the GS at Dartmouth.

Katie Utter

On the women’s side, senior Katie Utter returns to the slopes, as do juniors Lucia Bailey and Madison Lord and sophomore Samantha McClellan.

Lucia Bailey

Bailey just missed All-East honors with a ranking of 11th in 2019. She earned seven top-10 finishes, including four straight to end the season. Utter cracked the top-20 in the GS at Dartmouth, while McClellan was in the top-25 in eight of 11 races last winter. Lord finished a season-best eighth in the slalom at Middlebury, while coming in ninth in the GS at UNH.

Madison Lord

Led by head coach Stever Bartlett, now in his 14th season at the helm of the program, the Panthers began their season with a November camp in Loveland, Colorado and pick things up after the winter break with a training camp at the Snow Bowl. Middlebury’s six-carnival schedule begins with the Harvard Carnival on January 17-18, culminating with the Middlebury Carnival (EISA Championships) on February 28-29. The NCAA Championships will take place from March 11-15 at Bridger Bowl in Bozeman, Montana.