CARRABASSETT VALLEY, ME. - The University of Vermont dominated both the men and women’s slalom on January 18th, 2014 at Sugarloaf, leading them to a commanding win at the Colby College Carnival. Vermont, who only led Dartmouth by 29 points heading into Saturday, widened the gap and took the Colby Carnival by 130 points over runner-up Dartmouth College.
UVM started Saturday off strong, and didn’t look back. After the completion of the first run, Vermont sat in the top two positions for the men and occupied the top three slots for the women. From that point, UVM controlled their destiny; it was their race to win.
Travis Dawson picked up his second victory of the weekend, and his first slalom win of the 2014 season. Dawson, and teammate Taylor Wunsch, were the leaders at the end of the first run and those standings did not change after the second run. Wunsch finished in second place 0.94 seconds behind his teammate. Dom Garand was UVM’s third point scorer, placing third after posting the fastest time of the second run. Kevin Drury finished in fourth, as the Catamounts took the top four spots.
Vermont’s women, equals in success to their male teammates, controlled the top three spots after the first run. Kristina Riis-Johannessen, who had yet to score for Vermont coming into to Saturday’s slalom, was the first run leader. Riis-Johannessen’s teammates Kate Ryley and Elise Tefre held second and third place after the first run.
“The guys finished 1-2-3-4 for college,” said Riis-Johannessen. “It was very inspiring for us girls. We wanted to follow that up. Showing that we are a really strong team is awesome.”
Kate Ryley echoed Riis-Johannessen’s statements. “The guys’ result definitely pumped us up. We were 1-2-3 after the first run, so that really motivated us. That’s what we said up top. ‘Girls, let’s do this. Keep our spots.’ ”
They did indeed keep their spots, and like the men, UVM’s women scored the maximum 141 points in the slalom. Kate Ryley took her third victory in as many events. Kristina Riis-Johannessen and Elise Tefre, who both had trouble with yesterday’s conditions, came through for their team taking second and third place respectively.
|Elise Tefre of the University of Vermont, skis during the first run of the women's slalom at the Colby College Carnival at Sugarloaf Mountain on January 18, 2014 in Carabassett Valley, ME. (Dustin Satloff/EISA)|
The University of New Hampshire, who took fourth overall at the Colby Carnival used a strong performance from women to move up ahead of Colby, who after a strong first day fell to fifth place. Randa Teschner finished in fourth for UNH. UNH’s Katie Farrow took sixth and teammate Laura Rozinowicz finished in 11th to round out the scoring. UNH’s men struggled; neither Sam Coffey nor Coley Oliver finished, resulting in a fourth place for New Hampshire’s men.
Robert Overing finished in seventh place for Dartmouth. Overing has been Dartmouth’s top finisher in all three races so far this season. Sam Macomber and Dylan Brooks also scored for Dartmouth, placing 11th and 16th. For the women, Maisie Ide took fifth place, Sara Kikut finished 12th, and Abby Fucigna finished 17th. Dartmouth, who finished second as a team, was still 78 points behind Vermont’s strong team performance in the slalom.