FA Girls’ Ski Teams Sweep Nordic and Alpine Maine Class A State Ski Championships

It was a winning season for Fryeburg Academy girl’s Nordic and alpine ski teams, earning back-to-back state championships. The championship was the first one for the girls’ Nordic team since 1987. The race was held at Black Mountain in Rumford, ME, utilizing a different format.  FA Coach John Weston cited the race’s new format as a positive change: “Some of the conferences have been doing this format [starting lineups based on the distance from the finish line from the classical race] for a couple of years, and they really wanted to push it through to the state level. It made for some exciting racing.”
Coach Weston also contributed the win to the strength of his team, composed of many seasoned racers like Emily Carty ‘18 who placed 2nd, Irina Norkin ‘18 (sixth) and Zoe Maguire ‘19 (eighth). “This year, we had a mix of very experienced skiers and a group of newcomers, with not many racers in the middle," says Weston.But it was freshman Sasha Maguire that would make her incredible debut during the freestyle finish when she edged her ski out to nip a Leavitt skier by six-tenths of a second and place 22nd in pursuit. “I went all out,” says Maguire. “I knew that every second counted and wanted to show the team that I could finish strong.”

The girls’ Nordic ski team finished strong to take home the championship, defeating Deering High School 38-39; Emily Carty ‘18 won gold for the Class A freestyle.

FA’s girls’ alpine ski team responded in kind. Despite challenging course conditions, the girls’ alpine ski team performed well during the giant slalom race held at Mt. Abram in Greenwood, Maine. Brooke Juneau ‘19 placed 2nd, Abigail Novia ‘19 (sixth), Sophie Duane-Levitt ‘18 (11th) and Mae Milo ‘18 (45th) to give Fryeburg Academy a two-point lead over Edward Little High School.

The team went on to perform well during the second day of slalom racing on Black Mountain. "We needed to ski well and be aggressive,” says FA coach Sam Dyer. “Everyone skied at their best at states to culminate a great season."

Sophie Duane-Levitt ‘18 and Abigail Novia ‘19 both qualified in the slalom and giant slalom to earn individual results. Brooke Juneau ‘19 took first in both races to earn a spot on the Maine team for the New England Championships held in March. “It was a great way to end an amazing season,” says Juneau. “I couldn’t have asked for a better way to finish my skiing career at Fryeburg Academy.”

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