Saturday, January 30, 2016

Dartmouth Turns the Tables on UVM Catamounts in the UVM Carnival SL

Lead once again by Alex Dlouhy’s victory in the women’s slalom, Dartmouth overturned UVM’s lead after the giant slalom to finish top of the overall team standings after the alpine portion of the UVM carnival. It was a tough day for many in both races as Stowe provided the most challenging snow surface seen in the EISA thus far.

Dartmouth's Alex Dlouhy
First-year Dlouhy won her third straight slalom, over two seconds faster than her teammate Foreste Peterson and over three seconds beyond Plymouth’s Freydis Einarsdotter in third. It looked like Dartmouth were going to sweep the podium after the first run, but Einarsdotter and Colby’s Mardi Haskell put down fast second runs to finish third and fourth at the expense of Dartmouth’s Kelly Moore, who ended the race in the fifth position. UNH’s Randa Teschner followed up her eighth place in Friday’s GS by finishing sixth. Behind her were two newcomers to the top 10 as Williams’ Hannah Hunsaker and Bates’ Hannah Johnson finished seventh and eighth. Caroline Bartlett led Middlebury in ninth after starting bib 26, and Denis Darquis was UVM’s sole finisher in tenth.

It was a good day for the Colby women, who finished in their highest position as a team, taking second behind Dartmouth, just ahead of Maine rivals Bates in third.

UVM's Max Roeisland
On the men’s side, UVM’s Max Roeisland won for the second day in a row in front of teammate Dom Garand, who posted the fastest second run to jump from fourth to second. Dartmouth’s Brian Mclaughlin had a breakout day to finish third from bib 43, tying with UVM’s Bobby Farrell to share the final podium spot. Thomas Woolson followed his teammate Mclaughlin in fifth, and Guillaume Grand led Saint Michaels to a third place team finish by placing sixth. In an unprecedented second tie in the top 10, Middlebury’s Colin Hayes and UNH’s Bryan Cookson both finished seventh. Middlebury’s Ghassan Gedeon-Achi had the fifth fastest second run from bib 26 to finish ninth, and Chris Steinke of UNH rounded out the top 10. As Stowe’s Main Street course claimed close to 30 percent of the field, many of the fifteen fastest finishers made significant strides from their start positions. Saint Michael’s Kevin Krone finished eleventh from bib 35, and UVM’s Gabriel Coulet and Williams’ Bryan Bailey halved their start positions by finishing fourteenth and fifteenth, respectively.

The alpine circuit takes a week off next weekend as the nordic component of the UVM carnival continues, but the alpine action will resume for the Dartmouth Carnival on February 12 and 13.