Sunday, February 5, 2017

 The EISA circuit traveled to Stowe, Vermont to compete in the University of Vermont Carnival on Feb. 3-4.  Dartmouth won both the alpine event and the overall. The Alpine team combined for 450 points. St. Michael's College placed second with 384 points and the home team of the University of Vermont placed third with 379 points.

Snow pounded down during the second run of the women’s GS and the visibility was low enough for race director Igor Vanovac to put the race on hold after 25 racers. It was about 45 minutes until the top racers from the first run skied the course and during the hold plenty of snow had accumulated on the track.

Caroline Bartlett pulled away from the day winning her second GS race of the season. Bartlett won the season opening GS and failed to finish the second run of the UNH carnival on January 28. She sat in fifth after the first run and she was flagged down while skiing her second run just before the race was put on hold.

Bartlett won the second run by 0.63 seconds to take the lead with an overall time of 2:21.62. Anna Willassen of St. Michaels College came in second 0.76 seconds behind and Dartmouth’s Audrey O’Brien skied into third in her first carnival start ever, 0.81 seconds back.

Despite missing two of their top skiers, the Dartmouth women took the won for the women with 107 points, followed by St. Michaels College with 100 points and Middlebury College came in third with 97 points.

The men’s rave was not affected by the snowstorm but the course still provided enough of a challenge as the three fastest skiers from the first run failed to finish the second run, the top two of them, Colin Hayes and Robert Cone ski for Middlebury. 

The University of Vermont’s Gabriel Coulet won his teams home GS with a time of 2:16.61. Middlebury’s Devon Cardamone skied into second; 0.08 seconds back and Dartmouth’s Thomas Woolson finished third, 0.12 seconds back.

Coulet said that he does not consider himself to be a GS skier, and his best result prior to winning on Friday was in 2014 when he came in ninth at the Bates Carnival in Sunday River.

The University of Vermont skied without William St. Germain, Max Roeisland and Sandy Veitze, but they still managed to win the men’s GS with 116 points. Dartmouth, missing crucial skiers of its own, Tanguy Nef and Brian McLaughlin placed second with 104 points and St. Michaels College finished third with 89 points.

The Dartmouth women’s team dominated the slalom on Saturday, taking four of the top five spots. Alexa Dlouhy won the event with a time of 1:55.30. Mardene Haskell from Colby College place second 1.32 seconds behind and Kelly Moore from Dartmouth came in third, 1.85 seconds back.

Dlouhy said that her slalom is where it should be right now but right now. She said she is trying to ski more aggressively at the top of the turn, and she is usually able to watch some of the other top slalom skiers on the circuit in order to improve. Unfortunately many of the top athletes traveled to Colorado to compete in a NorAm Series.

Dartmouth’s Tomas Woolson won the men’s race, putting St. Michael’s College Athlete Guilaume Grand into second for the third time this season. Woolson had a combined time of 1:54.70, 0.38 seconds ahead of Grand. The University of New Hampshire’s Chris Steinke finished third, 1.59 seconds back.

Woolson said that consistency has been important for Dartmouth and it shows both individually and as a team as Dartmouth has taken first place in over half of this year’s races. Woolson said that even though they were missing athletes there was no added pressure. “Every week the goal is to win the carnival, so there wasn’t more pressure but it shifted a bit,” to the other athletes on the team, he said.

Dartmouth also won the overall even with 923 points. The University of New Hampshire placed second with 728 points and the University of Vermont finished third with 696 points.