Saturday, January 23, 2016

Dartmouth Women and UVM Men Emerge in Extremely Close Colby Carnival Slalom

Today’s slalom on the second day of the Colby carnival saw one of the closest men’s field in recent memory, and narrow margins by mere hundredths of a second separated quite a few of those in the top ten of both races.

UVM’s William St. Germain won the second run to claim victory in the men’s slalom. Robert Cone of Middlebury rebounded from a tough day in the GS to finish second, only 0.03 seconds behind St. Germain, while yesterday’s winner Phillipe Rivet finished third.

Saint Michael’s Guillaume Grand continued his strong season with a fourth place finish, tying Robert Overing of Dartmouth while UVM’s Bobby Farrell came in sixth, only 0.02 behind Grand and Overing. UNH’s Chris Steinke continued the excellent weekend for UNH in seventh. Middlebury’s Colin Hayes followed Steinke in eighth by only 0.02, and the same margin once again separated him from Dartmouth’s Thomas Woolson in ninth. Bryan Cookson, another UNH Wildcat, added to his fifth place yesterday by rounding out the top 10.

In the women’s race, the leader was more clear cut than on the men’s side. First-year Alexa Dlouhy of Dartmouth won her second straight carnival slalom, this time by over a second and a half. Her teammate Maisie Ide claimed her first podium of the season in second, and Mardi Haskell made it back-to-back podium finishes at her home carnival by finishing third.

Plymouth State’s Icelandic first-year burst her way into fourth place with the third fastest second run -  only 0.01 behind Haskell overall - and Foreste Peterson followed up her win in yesterday’s GS with a fifth place finish today for Dartmouth. Genevieve Frignon led another UNH streak in the top 10, with Lisa Wesjoe and Randa Teschner following behind in eighth and ninth. Meggane Grand made sure another Saint finished in the top with a seventh place, her best of the season thus far. Mille Graesdal lead UVM in tenth with two consistent runs. The Bates women also had their best day of the year, placing Kelsey Chenoweth, Sierra Ryder, and Hannah Johnson all in the top 15 to lead the Bobcats to a fourth place finish in the women’s SL team results.

As we go into the final day of the Colby Carnival with tomorrow’s Nordic races, Dartmouth leads UNH by only 3 points in the overall team standings, and the UVM Catamounts will be looking to claw their way back to the top. On the alpine side however, we look forward to Stowe’s famous Main Street course for next week’s UVM carnival.