Friday, January 15, 2016

Dartmouth Women Sweep Podium in the Opening Day Giant Slalom

On a cloudy day at Sunday River in Bethel, ME, the Big Green put down a powerful performance, sweeping the women’s GS podium and placing three skiers in the top 10 in the men’s race.

Dartmouth Sophomore Kelly Moore claimed the win with the fastest second run, 0.77 seconds ahead of her teammates Forest Peterson and Libby Gibson. First run winner Brittany Lathrop led the UVM team in fourth, and Colby’s Mardene Haskell rounded out the top five with a strong second run. UNH edged out Colby by only 2 points in the team standings thanks to sixth, eighth, and eleventh place finishes by Lisa Wesjoe, Randa Teschner, and Kelly Anne Dinapoli, respectfully. Colby’s Sierra Leavitt and Bates’ Kelsey Chenoweth finished up the top 10.

In the men’s race, Dom Garand and the UVM finished where they left off last season. Garand took the individual title and Max Roeisland vaulted from bib 32 to fifth to help the Catamounts take the lead as a team going into tomorrow’s slalom. Brian Mclaughlin led the Big Green in second, 0.20 behind Garand, with the fastest second run. Only half a second separated third place UVM’s Will St. Germaine from first-year Guillaume Grand of Saint Michaels in seventh. Middlebury’s Robe Cone and Riley Plant were in that stacked top 10, as were Dartmouth’s Dylan Brooks and Kevyn Read. UNH’s Bryan Cookson and Middlebury’s Colin Hayes both made strong early cases for NCAA selection, jumping into the top 15 from bibs 41 and 42.

As we tighten up the radius for tomorrow’s slalom, things may get a little interesting as snow flurries arrive throughout the day. Dartmouth leads in the overall standings after Day 1, but there’s a lot of racing still to be had.