Few people at Whitman can say they are national champions, but such is the case for Eloise Zimbelman. The sophomore skier won the 15-kilometer freestyle race last Friday at the U.S. Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association’s national championship. Zimbelman finished the course in 46:06.7, 46 seconds ahead of the next skier to cross the line.
In addition to her individual success, Zimbelman anchored Whitman in the 3×5 kilometer relay race. Teammates Paige Devlin and Lindsay Records had Whitman in third place and 60 seconds off the lead by the time the torch was passed to Zimbelman. By the end of the race, Zimbelman had moved Whitman up to second and only ten seconds behind first place St. Olaf.
Zimbelman and the rest of the women’s Nordic team finished the weekend in second place in total team points.