Saturday, February 13, 2016

Strong days for Darmouth Men, UNH women in Dartmouth Carnival Slalom

On what was arguably the best hill surface of the season at the Dartmouth Skiway, the women’s SL race ended with an identical podium to that from yesterday’s GS. UVM’s Laurence St. Germaine won both runs to claim the top overall position by a whopping three seconds over Colby’s Mardi Haskell and Lisa Wesjoe of UNH. The top five fell into place after quite a shuffle after many of the front skiers from first run failed to finish. Randa Teschner finished fourth for the second day in a row, only 0.04 behind her teammate Wesjoe with the third fastest second run. Williams Hannah Hunsaker had her best finish of the season in fifth, and UNH’s Genevieve Frigon ended in the sixth position. With Frigon, Teschner, and Wesjoe all in the top 6, UNH women dominated the team standings and ended the day 27 points over second place Colby.  Plymouth State’s Freydis Einarsdotter’s fast first run landed her the seventh place finish, just ahead of Dartmouth duo Hannah Melinchuk and Kelly Moore. Bates’ Kelsey Chenoweth had a strong day for the Bobcats in tenth, only 0.90 seconds behind fourth place.  It was also a good day for Dartmouth’s Libby Gibson and Middlebury’s Lexi Calcagni, who jumped from start positions 41 and 57 to the fifteenth and sixteenth positions respectively.

A Vermont Catamount once again climbed to the top of the podium in the men’s race as Dom Garand won his first EISA SL race of the year by only 0.05 seconds over Dartmouth’s Brian McLaughlin. Mclaughlin won the second run, and his teammate Robert Overing capped a great day for the Darmouth men by finishing fourth. Dartmouth won the men's SL team standings by only 6 points over UVM. Middlebury’s Colin Hayes had his best finish of the year in fourth, and UNH’s Philippe Rivet finished fifth in another tight men’s race. Only one second separated the top 12 racers, and the top 18 were all within 2 seconds of Garand. Saint Michael’s talisman Purple Knight Guillaume Grand once again punched in another top 10 result in sixth, and Middlebury’s Rob Cone added to his second place in the GS with a seventh in today’s SL. UVM’s Max Roeisland finished eighth to help UVM claim the team overall win for the entire carnival. Behind Roeisland came a flurry of skiers improving on their start positions. UNH’s Jay Ogle finished ninth from bib 22, Williams’ Bryan Bailey had his first top 10 result from bib 25, UVM’s Griffin Brown jumped from 25 to 11, and Plymouth State’s Jonathan Kellock finished twelfth from bib 27.

Looking forward to next weekend’s Williams carnival, will UVM claim their second carnival in a row? Will Dartmouth once again triumph, or might we see a new name at the top of the overall team standings? Make sure to tune back in on February 19 and 20 as the alpine circuit travels to Jiminy Peak and Berkshire East.