Pictured: Harbor Springs junior Robyn Dendel rips down the slalom course at Nub's Nob during the Division II State Championship Ski Meet on Monday, February 24. Bitter winds and blue skies defined the day for the Harbor Springs-hosted event, which brought in more than 150 of the best skiers from both peninsulas. Harbor Springs girls, who were recently crowned Conference Champions, took third in the state meet. Harbor Springs boys, who shared the Conference Champion title with Elk Rapids/Traverse City St. Francis, failed to qualify as a team. Two boys qualified as individuals.
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Ski Team Results
The Harbor Springs High School girls' ski team ended the season on their home hill, Monday, February 24 with a third place finish in the Division II State Finals meet, held at Nub's Nob. The team had a solid season, placing third behind Houghton, second, and Marion, first, in Regionals and winning the Conference Championship last week at Boyne Highlands.
Junior Tia Esposito was a double medalist at the meet, taking ninth place in slalom and seventh in giant slalom.
As a whole, the team skied well against a field of 70 skiers from around the upper and lower peninsula. Results were as follows: in slalom, sophomore Demi Trabucchi took 19th place; junior Sadie Cwikiel took 26th place; junior Robyn Dendel, 47th place; freshman Elena Esposito, 50th place. Alexa Wespiser, who was in 11th place after the first run, unfortunately did not finish the second run.
In giant slalom the team moved up from fourth overall to third place. Sadie Cwikiel took 21st place; Demi Trabucchi followed right behind in 23rd place; Robyn Dendel, 32nd place; Alexa Wespiser, 39th place; Elena Esposito, 41st place.
The boys team did not qualify for the state meet after a tough day at Regionals, but did end their season with a shared Conference Championship title. Junior John Bailey qualified for state finals as an individual for both slalom and giant slalom, placing 15th and 19th respectively. Sophomore Shea Fuhrman qualified in slalom, and finished in 11th place at the state meet in place.
Harbor Springs was responsible for hosting the Division II state meet, and true to the sport of ski racing, had to enlist a huge number of volunteers-- many being Harbor Springs alumni and community members not currently connected with the program-- to manage the races and care for the four courses set on the face of Nub's Nob.
With blue skies and bitter winds, athletes and volunteers alike braved the cold and put forth their best, and that's worth a championship all of its own.