Head coach: Nick Sargent, third season.

Key departures Ann Warren, all-conference racer and team captain; Ellie Reicks, all-conference honorable mention.

Key returners: John Marshall sophomore Ella Pattinson, all-conference honorable mention; Lake City junior Carly Earnest-Miller, all-conference honorable mention; John Marshall’s Emily Leitzen.

Outlook: This is a young Rochester team that is loaded with ability. The key for it, however, is to keep making strides technically and not settle for its current state. All-conference honorable mention choices from last year Earnest-Miller and Pattinson, figure to keep inching closer to being state qualifiers.

Coach Sargent: “This is a great group that works hard and is very coachable. The key to ski racing is to get stronger and better technically and tactically each season. It is easy to get stuck with old habits. To improve takes going outside your comfort zone.”