Feb. 14, 2010

 

Courtesy of Dartmouth

HANOVER, N.H. -- Dartmouth junior Ace Tarberry continues his torrid 2010 season with another win - his third of the year - taking the giant slalom title at the Dartmouth Winter Carnival Saturday. Meanwhile, the Dartmouth ski team continued its dominance of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Carnival circuit, winning it's 13th straight team title dating back two years.

At the Dartmouth Skiway, Tarberry outdueled Vermont's David Donaldson, last year's NCAA giant slalom champion, for the GS crown. Tarberry's two-run time of 1:47.00 was better than Donaldson by 38-hundredths of a second. Dartmouth sophomore Trevor Leafe, who led after the first run, finished third; Big Green sophomore Luke McLaughry finished sixth to put all three Dartmouth scorers in the top 10.

Tarberry has now won two giant slaloms and one slalom this season; he's finished in the top three in five of eight races in 2010, and has finished out of the top 10 only once.

In the women's giant slalom, Vermont's Valerie Kechian led three Catamounts in the top four, giving UVM the women's GS team win. Dartmouth freshman Annie Rendall, skiing in her first Dartmouth Winter Carnival, took sixth place; junior Kelsey Roddick was one spot back in seventh place.

At the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, VT, it was business as usual for the Big Green cross country team, as the trio of junior Rosie Brennan, sophomore Sophie Caldwell, and junior Ida Sargent won the women's 3x5-kilometer freestyle relay. Dartmouth's second team of senior Katie Bono, and sophomores Stephanie Crocker and Erika Flowers took second place, followed by Vermont's team of Caitlin Curran, Jennie Bender, and Caitlin Patterson. Middlebury won the 3x5-k men's relay, with the Dartmouth team of senior Patrick O'Brien, sophomore Eric Packer, and junior Nils Koons in second and St. Lawrence in third place.

In the overall team standings, Dartmouth won with 929 points. Vermont was second with 877.5 and Middlebury was third with 743. With the win, Dartmouth has now won 13 straight EISA carnivals, dating back to February, 2008, and 21 of the last 22 carnivals through the Big Green's national championship 2007 season. The keys? Consistency and commitment, says director of skiing and women's cross country coach Cami Thompson.

"As coaches we know what it takes to do it week after week: the training, the stress with classes and exams, and the other things our athletes give up so they can perform consistently well," said Thompson. "I am incredibly proud of this team and particularly excited to win this one, the 100th Dartmouth Winter Carnival. It is humbling to think about the proud history of Dartmouth skiing and the many
skiers who have been part of this legacy."

The EISA carnival circuit heads to Massachusetts next weekend for the Williams Winter Carnival. Alpine races will be held at Jiminy Peak Ski Area in Hancock, MA, while cross country races will be run at Prospect Mountain in Woodford, VT.

For complete Dartmouth Winter Carnival results, visit the EISA website at www.eisaskiing.org.