The NENSA Elite Team exists as a program to support and facilitate the appropriate development of top athletes toward the goal of international excellence. In addition to recognition for accomplishments, this program provides incentives for athletes to seek high levels of competition, and to encourage athletes to think in terms of long-range development. In order to gain access to the Elite Team an athlete must achieve a certain level of success at national level competition.
Qualifying criteria to be considered for the Team:
A pool of athletes will be identified based on results in national level competition, comprising individuals who meet the following criteria. From this pool of athletes the team will be named, as outlined below under “Team Selection.” Note: additional athletes may be added by ADC nomination.
- Eastern athletes in the top 15 OVERALL on the final US Ski & Snowboard ranking list
- Top 3 in age group (U18/U20/U23/Senior) on the final US Ski & Snowboard ranking list
- World Junior/U23 Jr/ U18 trip qualifiers (Alternates who compete potential discretion)
- Top 5 on Final combined EISA ranking list
- In addition, a skier with Elite Team status from the previous year may be eligible for discretionary addition to the Elite or Development teams.
- Out of Region/ Foreign Athletes will not be named to the NENSA Elite or Development Teams, and they do displace US skiers.
NENSA Elite Team Requirements:
- Must be active NENSA members to receive benefits,
- To accept spot on team selected juniors must agree to attend a Elite Group Summer Camp – Eastern REG, or NTG, or NEG camps.
- Must agree to represent New England at national competitions, in addition to their home club. (Junior Nationals, Sr. Nationals, etc.). Must have Eastern designation on USSA License.
- Must plan to continue to meet training goals.
- Athletes on this list are eligible to receive free entry to NENSA Eastern Cup Series events.
- SKIDA Team Headband
Top 15 US:
Simeon Hamilton – SMS T2
Kyle Bratrud – SMS T2
Adam Martin – Craftsbury GRP
Benjamin Lustgarten – Craftsbury GRP
Bill Harmeyer (EISA) – University of Vermont
Ben Ogden (EISA/JWC) – University of Vermont
Andrew Newell – SMS T2
Karl Schulz – University of Vermont
Will Koch (U18) – Stratton Mountain School
Griffin Wright – Craftsbury
Joshua Valentine (U18) – GMVS
Elliot Ketchel – Bowdoin College
James Kitch – Harvard University
Zane Fields (EISA) – Colby College
Sam Wood (EISA) – Middlebury College
Akeo Maifeld-Carucci – Craftsbury GRP
Callan Deline – Dartmouth College
Ian Moore – University of Vermont
Finn O’Connell – University of Vermont
Braden Becker (U23) – Williams College
Daniel Streinz (U23) – Northern Michigan University
Brian Bushey (U18) – GMVS
Top 15 US:
Sophie Caldwell – SMS T2
Jessica Diggins – SMS T2
Ida Sargent – Craftsbury GRP
Caitlin Patterson – Craftsbury GRP
Katharine Ogden – Dartmouth College
Evelina Sutro (EISA/U23) – University of Vermont
Julia Kern (U23) – SMS T2
Kaitlynn Miller – Craftsbury GRP
Kelsey Phinney – SMS T2
Alayna Sonnesyn (U23) – SMS T2
Charlotte Ogden (U18) – Stratton Mountain School
Nina Seemann (U18) – Stratton Mountain School
Abigail Streinz (U18) – Craftsbury
Margaret Gellert – Dartmouth College
Sophia Laukli – SMS T2
Sofia Shomento – Dartmouth College
Elizabeth Guiney – Craftsbury GRP
Lauren Jortberg – Dartmouth College
Annika Landis – Middlebury College
Lydia Blanchet – Dartmouth College