Athletes of the Week: Chauvel and Stichter
Elise Chauvel '15 of France and Eliza Stichter '16 of New Canaan, CT, both new to Berkshire School this year and members of the Girls Alpine Racing team, were named the co-Athletes of the Week. Both are excellent skiers, teammates, and friends. The coaches, John Borwick, Evan Clary, and Maura MacKenzie, look forward to the continued success of the two athletes. “Their actions, results and enjoyment of the sport is infectious and they’re truly leading the team in bad jokes, hugs, and laughter,” said Coach Borwick.
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Elise Chauvel began her ski-racing career in France. In 6th grade, she and her family began looking for a place where she could balance superior academics with the opportunity to grow her skiing expertise. She enrolled in the Bement School in Deerfield, MA, before enrolling at Berkshire as a sophomore. She races in the Tristate league of USSA on the weekends, and in the Brigham Ski League during the week. After participating in three USSA races, she qualified for the US Eastern U16 Championships, and was also ranked 5th in her age group in all of Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Based upon Elise’s last two results in Slalom, she would be ranked number fifteen in the entire East Coast. Elise raves about how much she loves skiing, and how glad she is that she is to be at Berkshire.
Eliza Stichter, born and raised in Connecticut, has had an impressive start to her Berkshire skiing career. She began skiing extremely young, and soon began to challenge herself on the strenuous mountains of Vermont. She followed her older sister, Sarah, to the Stratton Mountain School, a ski academy based in southern Vermont and the one-time school of her now fellow teammates Jackson vanZon-Borwick '13 and Ian Rasmussen '14. In her first two USSA races, Eliza placed thirteenth and then third, and is ranked 14th overall in the east coast. She loves skiing, and hopes to continue to ski in college. Eliza and Elise have very similar skills and points, and have developed both on and off the snow.
At the Brigham Ski League Dave Rockwell GS Championships two weeks ago, Eliza skied an aggressive yet careful run to finish 2nd, and Elise finished 3rd. At the NEPSAC Class A Championships last week at Okemo in VT, Elise took 3rd in the slalom, followed by Eliza Sticher, who faltered a bit on her second run and finished 6th. In the giant slalom race, Eliza placed 2nd, and Elise took 12th.
For more information about the Girls Alpine Racing program at Berkshire, click here.
-- Faye Downes '15, Sports Information and Broadcasting