by Adam Rabinowitz
Alpine finished off its season at the MIAA Alpine Ski Championships Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Wachusett Mountain, where the team was represented by senior Julie Chan, a captain with seniors Lee Moriarty and Brian Tong.
Chan finished her first run with a time of 45.57 seconds, and after falling on her second run, she finished in 80th place.
Chan said that although she didn’t perform her best at States, it was still a great experience. “I went to States this past Tuesday, and was the only one from North there. I didn’t make it to shootouts, which is the top 15 in the state, but it was fun nevertheless.”
Overall, Chan said the season went well. “For the majority of the season, the girls’ team was third behind powerhouses Wellesley and Marblehead, and the boys’ team was fourth behind Wellesley, Marblehead, and Xaverian for most of the season,” she said.
Chan also added that the new skiers have by far passed her expectations coming into the season, and that they really supported their teammates. “They really made the team that much more fun and made us so much closer,” she said.
According to Chan, the last race at Blue Hills was the highlight of the season.
“The conditions were good, and everyone was performing really well. Not only that, but every single teammate was up at the top of the course cheering for each other, which didn’t really happen in the previous years I’ve been on the team,” she said.
For many athletes, their senior year can be very special, and for Chan, this season was very meaningful.
“This team was really special, because everyone put in their best efforts to get better at the sport and support each other. We even want to go on spring skiing trips together and have team summer parties,” she said.
The last meet of the season can also be special for senior athletes. For Chan, it was a time where she truly felt like she fulfilled her role as captain.
“That night was when I truly felt accomplished and satisfied, because your job as a captain is to not only have your team perform well, but to also be the cheerleader and unify the team. So although it was bittersweet knowing that it was the end, I felt like Brian, Lee, and I had succeeded in our duties as being captains, and that we could leave the team knowing that we did a good job,” she said.