The Craftsbury Green Racing Project is excited to welcome a new crop of skiers to the team this year. With a strong pool of applicants, and limited slots, the decisions were tough.
At the full Green Racing Project level, we’ll be joined by Liz Guiney, Andrew Dougherty and Pete Hegman.
Liz spent her junior years skiing for the Utah Nordic Alliance and Park City Nordic Ski Club; raced at numerous Junior Nationals, and was part of the 2009 US J1 Scando trip team. She then did her college racing for UNH, qualifying for NCAA’s in the past three years. She represented the US at U23 World Championships this past winter.
Vermonter Pete Hegman came up through the Mansfield Nordic program and Mt. Mansfield Union High School, where he had a couple of state championship titles. He was on the NE team for Junior Nationals, and then raced all four years for UVM.
Andrew Dougherty grew up ski racing in Alaska, including many years on the Alaska Junior Natonal team, and then did his college racing for Denver University. He represented the US at the 2011 World Junior Championships and has since been a two time NCAA All-American. Along with Liz, in 2009, he was a member of the US J1 Scando Trip team.
Returning GRP skiers are Alex Howe, Gordon Vermeer and Patrick O’Brien on the men’s side, and Clare Egan, Ida Sargent, Caitlin Patterson, Hannah Dreissigacker and Susan Dunklee for the women. Clare will be focusing on Biathlon this year. Ida has been named to the USST A Team; while Hannah and Susan have been named to the USBA A Team.
This year’s training group will also include several former Craftsbury skiers and biathletes who are returning to the club after finishing college. They will join GRP as Provisional members. This includes Jake Barton and Alex Schulz for Nordic, and Michael Gibson and Ethan Dreissigacker for Biathlon. Jake had a strong collegiate career with the Colby Mules until a thumb injury sidelined him for the latter part of this past season. Alex has had a number of top finishes in the sprints at Junior Nationals, and did his college skiing for Dartmouth. Mike, a UVM grad, has had several national podiums in Biathlon. And Ethan was a 5-time member of the US Jr Biathlon Team.
Congratulations and welcome aboard to all the GRP athletes!
As always, you can follow the exploits of the ski team (and their rowing counterparts) via the team website, greenracingproject.com, Facebook page (CraftsburyGreenRacingProject) or Twitter feed (@craftsburygreen).
The Green Racing Project is a venture of the Craftsbury Outdoor Center made possible through the generous support of Concept2, Ibex, Rudy Project, Podium Wear, Sauce Headwear, and Brighter Planet.