BURLINGTON, Vt. – Vermont has propelled to the No. 1 spot in the latest Ski Racing Magazine Power Rankings after its dominating performance at the St. Lawrence Carnival to open the 2011 EISA Circuit.
The Catamounts ended Dartmouth’s three-year run that included winning 15 consecutive EISA regular-season races. UVM individuals won seven of eight races and won six of eight events as a team.
Among Vermont’s seven individual titles on the weekend, six were by different individuals – Meg Ryley (women’s slalom), Alex Howe (men’s 15k freestyle), Jonathan Nordbotten (men’s giant slalom), Lyndee Janowiak (women’s giant slalom) and Scott Patterson (men’s 10k classic). Catamount junior Caitlin Patterson, who won both the 5k classic and the 10k freestyle races, was the top performer for UVM as she won both races easily with her closest competition in either race 29 seconds behind.
UVM earned its first carnival victory since 2006 by racking up a record 1,046 points on the weekend. Dartmouth was 225 points behind at 821 in second place. Vermont’s 1,046 points are the most ever in a carnival by a collegiate ski team.