STOWE, Vt. – Vermont’s Kate Ryley won the women’s giant slalom race to open the 2013 EISA Carnival season at the UVM Carnival at Stowe Moutain Resort. Vermont is hosting the first carnival of the season, but this weekend features just the alpine races. The Catamounts (250 pts) own a 50-point advantage against New Hampshire (200) after Day 1.
Ryley, the 2012 NCAA Slalom Champion, captured first place in the GS in her season debut. She posted the best time on the course at 1:00.85 in the first run and finished the day with a combined time of 2:05.65.
Teammate Kristina Riis-Johannessen also earned a spot on the podium with a two-run time of 2:07.37 to finish runner-up. Elise Tefre rounded out UVM’s women’s squad with an eighth-place finish and time of 2:08.85.
Morgan Magerry led UVM’s men’s team, earning third place in his Vermont debut. He finished the day with a two-run time of 2:03.06 and joined teammate Sean Higgins as one of eight skiers to record a first-run time of under a minute. Higgins finished the day with a total of 2:03.67 to place fifth overall.
Travis Dawson finished eighth (2:04.06) and Dom Garand was 11th overall in his Vermont debut.
Middlebury’s David Donaldson won the men’s GS with a time of 2:02.72 and Sam Coffey of New Hampshire was second (2:02.99).
The UVM Carnival continues Saturday with slalom races.