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: http://www.ncaa.com/video/skiing/2016-03-09/nc-skiing-championship-day-one-giant-slalom-recap



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: http://www.ncaa.com/video/skiing/2016-03-11/nc-skiing-championship-day-three-slalom-recap


Monday, March 14, 2016

Eastern Skiers Put in Strong Performances at NCAA Championships

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

The NCAA ski season concluded this past week with the NCAA National Championships in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Hosted by the University of Colorado, nordic events took place on March 10th and 12th. The East sent a strong contingent of 13 men and 14 women to compete against the best of the West and Central Divisions.

The first nordic races of the week were the Men’s 10 km and Women’s 5 km Freestyle. In the men’s 10km race the pace was set by Mads Stroem of the University of Colorado, followed by Ian Torchia of Northern Michigan, and Moritz Madlener of Denver. The top eastern showings were put in by Jack Hegman and Jorgen Grav of the University of Vermont in 10th and 13th respectively, and Callan Deline of Dartmouth in 14th place.

In the women’s 5 km it was Anika Miller of Montana State who took the win, followed by Petra Nyncicova of Colorado and Sloan Storey of Utah. The top eastern finishers were Mary-Kate Cirelli of UVM in 10th, Annie Pokorney of Middlebury in 12th, and Katrin Larusson of the University of New Hampshire in 19th place.

The second races of the week were the Men’s 20km and Women’s 15km Classic Mass Starts. In the men’s race Stroem took his second win of the week, while Madlener finished second followed by Niklas Persson of Utah. Eli Hoenig of Williams led the east in 6th place, followed by Hegman in 8th, and Fabian Stocek in 11th.

In the women’s race it was Linn Eriksen of Denver who took the win, ahead of Kati Roivas of New Mexico. Ane Johnson of Colorado was just behind Roivas in 3rd. Olivia Amber of Colby put in a spectacular performance to lead the east in 9th place. She was followed by Mary O’Connell of Dartmouth in 11th and Amy Bianco of Colby in 16th.

The overall NCAA title went to Denver with 567.5 points, followed by Colorado and Utah. Dartmouth College put in the top eastern college showing in 5th place, followed by the University of Vermont in 7th, and the University of New Hampshire in 10th.


Individual accolades were handed out to this year’s All-Americans. Jack Hegman of UVM earned the honor twice for his 10th and 8th place performances, while Eli Hoenig earned his first All-American for his 6th place finish. On the women’s side Mary-Kate Cirelli earned the honor for her 10th place finish, and Olivia Amber earned All-American for her 9th place performance. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

EISA Nordic Sends 27 to Steamboat for NCAA Championships

The NCAA Championships begin this week hosted by the University of Colorado, Boulder. 148 men and women from 21 schools will compete over the course of four days. In nordic competition nationals will open with the Women’s 5 km and Men’s 10 km Freestyle event on March 10th, followed by the Women’s 15 km and Men’s 20 km Classic on March 12th. The following 13 men and 14 women will represent the East in Steamboat Springs, Colorado:

NCAA East Qualifiers:

Men:
Callan DeLine, Dartmouth College
Zane Fields, Colby College
Eirik Fosnaes, University of New Hampshire
Oscar Friedman, Dartmouth College
Raleigh Goessling, University of New Hampshire
Jorgen Grav, University of Vermont
Jack Hegman, University of Vermont
Eli Hoenig, Williams College
Peter Holmes, University of New Hampshire
Patrick McElravey, Middlebury College
Cole Morgan, University of Vermont
Jack Schrupp, Williams College
Fabian Stocek, Dartmouth College

Women:
Olivia Amber, Colby College
Amy Bianco, Colby College
Lydia Blanchet, Dartmouth College
Mary-Kate Cirelli, University of Vermont
Lizzie Gill, University of New Hampshire
Rachel Hampton, Harvard University
Sadie James, Bates College
Katrin Larusson, University of New Hampshire
Mary O’Connell, Dartmouth College
Iris Pessey, University of Vermont
Kelsey Phinney, Middlebury College
Annie Pokorny, Middlebury College
Alayna Sonnesyn, University of Vermont
Corey Stock, Dartmouth College

Congratulations to all athletes earning end of season accolades this year. The All-East First and Second teams are as follows:

All-East First Team:

Men:
Jack Hegmen, University of Vermont
Jorgen Grav, University of Vermont
Cole Morgan, University of Vermont
Eli Hoenig, Williams College
Fabian Stocek, Dartmouth College

Women:

Kelsey Phinney, Middlebury College
Alayna Sonnesyn, University of Vermont
Mary-Kate Cirelli, University of Vermont
Annie Pokorny, Middlebury College
Iris Pessey, University of Vermont

All-East Second Team:

Men:

Oscar Friedman, Dartmouth College
Peter Holmes, University of New Hampshire
Lucas Brown, Dartmouth College
Callan Deline, Dartmouth College
Jack Schrupp, Williams College

Women:

Lydia Blanchet, Dartmouth College
Corey Stock, Darmouth College
Olivia Amber, Colby College
Stephanie Kirk, University of Vermont
Lizzie Gill, University of New Hampshire