Cal Brooks ’11 dived through the finish line, securing a second place finish in the final heat of a sprint race last Wednesday. With Brooks’ impressive finish, Andover secured a respectable finish against powerhouses like Holderness and St. Paul’s. Despite racing half as many skiers and having half the experience of other schools, Andover skied extremely well in only their second race of the season. Andover competed in a series of sprint races, hosted by St. Paul’s. Each race was one kilometer long. The conditions at St. Paul’s were perfect for skate skiing. Little wind and firm fast snow led to fast times and many close finishes, as the final heat was decided by barely a hair’s breadth. The skate race was formatted so that every racer had a fair environment to race in. After the first heats were completed, the racers were dived up into separate semifinal heats depending on their positions. The first two racers from every preliminary heat proceeded to the number one semifinal race, while the next to racers proceed to the number two semifinal race and so on. Despite the lack of experience compared to other teams, Andover fared well. In the preliminary rounds, Andover’s top skiers, Brooks, Ben Ho ’11, Captain Berol Dewdney ’09 and Mimi Tanski ’11 all advanced through to the semi-finals and then on to the final heats. Brooks’ races were the most exciting of all, as he barely missed advancing to the final “A” heat, which comprised the top prep school skiers in the league. Despite his elaborate dive through the finish, Brooks was unable to pass his opponent. However, Brooks exacted his revenge in the final “B” heat, where he finished second. Although Andover showed a determined effort throughout the boy’s races, the boys finished 7th out of eight teams, beating out Vermont Academy. In the girls races, Andover showed a lot of talent and hard work, finishing tied for third with NMH. Led by Captain Dewdney, the team showed its depth, with Andover’s scoring racers finishing within thirteen positions of each other. This consistency ultimately led to a third place finish. Dewdney finished 12th overall, as she advanced to the final “B” heat. Tanski also skied well, as she finished 19th overall. Bringing in the scoring racer was veteran Brenna Liponis ’10, who finished 25th overall.