Friday, March 18, 2016

NCAA National Championships a Success for EISA Alpine Skiers

Dartmouth's Foreste Peterson
On a day that alternated between bright sunshine and dumping snow at Steamboat Ski Resort for the giant slalom, Dartmouth’s Foreste Peterson lead the East in fifth, 1.71 seconds behind leader Kristine Haugen of Denver. UVM’s Laurence St. Germaine followed in seventh. Colby’s Mardi Haskell and UVM’s Mille Graesdal were the next two eastern skiers in thirteenth and fourteens, respectively.  UNH’s Lisa Wesjoe, Middlebury’s Caroline Bartlett, and Williams’ Hannah Hunsaker also had solid races, rounding out the top 20 in eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth.

UVM's Dom Garand
In the men’s race, EISA GS leader Dom Garand from UVM lead the East in fourth, 0.93 seconds behind leader Endre Bjertness of Utah. The first run of the men’s course saw a tricky set over the last knoll, causing problems for most racers as they caught air unexpectedly. UNH’s Jay Ogle did not fall prey to that section and had his best race of the year by finishing seventh after starting bib 27. Dartmouth’s Thomas Woolson had a mistake first run, but then had the third fastest second run to claim an All-American spot in ninth and lead the Dartmouth men to a fourth place finish in the team GS standings.

Eastern skiers came in thick and fast through the top fifteen after Woolson. Saint Michaels’ Guillaume Grand, Dartmouth’s Kevyn Read, Middlebury’s Riley Plant and his teammate Colin Hayes, and Dartmouth’s Brian McLaughlin finished twelfth through sixteenth, all within a half a second of each other.

For a full video replay of the NCAA Championship GS race, please visit:

Colby's Mardi Haskell
Three days later the alpine skiers returned to action at Howelson Hill for a night race, complete with fireworks in front of a massive crowd in downtown Steamboat Springs, CO.

UVM’s Laurence St. Germaine led the east in second, only 0.37 seconds behind leader Julie Flo Mohagen of Utah. Colby’s Mardi Haskell finished second for the east in fourth after jumping from 10th after the first run. Dartmouth’s Alexa Dlouhy gained her first All-American honors in seventh, in front of her teammate Kelly Moore by 0.03 seconds as Dartmouth claimed second in the women’s slalom team standings. Hannah Hunsaker had the second fastest second run to jump from 21st after the first run and claimed all American honors in ninth.

St. Michael's Guillaume Grand
In the men’s slalom, Dartmouth’s Brian McLaughlin capped a great season with a third place finish, only 0.16 seconds behind leader Erik Read from Denver. It was an incredibly tight race on the steeps of Howelson Hill, with only 1 second separating the top 8 skiers and the top 24 finishers all within 2 seconds of leader Read. UVM’s Dom Grand won the second run to vault from 11th to fourth, only 0.03 seconds behind Mclaughlin. Saint Michaels’ Guillaume Grand became the Purple Knight’s first ever All American by finishing ninth. Bryan Cookson also had a great day for UNH, finishing 12th from bib 25 after posting the seventh fastest second run.

For a full video replay of the NCAA Championship SL race, please visit: