Vermont wins UNH Carnival
Catamounts sweep alpine events, score more than 1,000 points
JACKSON/ATTITASH, N.H. -- Vermont won its second consecutive carnival of the year and seventh in the last eight EISA Carnivals with 1,021 points at the UNH Carnival. The Catamounts posted more than 1,000 points for the second consecutive race, outpacing Dartmouth (873 pts) by 148 points.
The UVM Nordic teams rebounded from tough conditions on Friday with a solid performance on Saturday.
Sophie Caldwell of Dartmouth won the women's 15K freestyle with a time of 41:32.2. The Catamounts took six of the next eight spots, led by senior Caitlin Patterson's second place finish (41:33.1). Amy Glen and Lucy Garrec finished in fourth and fifth place, respectively, while teammates Caitlin Curran and Anja Gruber rounded out the top-10 finishers for UVM.
The Big Green also took the top spot in the men's 20K freestyle. Eric Packer skated to the win in a time of 49:06.5. Franz Bernstein was the top Catamounts in the race, placing second with a time of 49:06.9. Dylan Grald finished fifth and Pete Hegman came in ninth to round out the scoring skiers for UVM.
The UVM alpine teams were impressive in the double-scoring slalom races. The men's team swept the podium for the third consecutive race and a Catamount took the first six spots in the final standings. Tim Kelley, the defending NCAA slalom champion, won his second race of the year to lead the squad. He posted a two-run total of 1:34.59 and had the fastest second run of the field (48.43).
Jonathan Nordbotten, fresh off a 23rd place finish at the World Cup race in Schladmig, Austria, finished second with a time of 1:35.62 in his EISA season debut. Bobby Farrell, who picked up a win last week at the Bates Carnival was third (1:36.33).
The women's squad was also impressive, finishing 1-2-4-5. Newcomer Elie Terwiel had the fastest time down the hill in both runs to earn her second win of the season with a time of 1:41.00. Sophomore Kate Ryley was second, 53 tenths of a second behind her teammate, with a time of 1:41.53. Kristina Riis-Johannessen (1:42.38) and Elise Tefre (1:42.88) placed fourth and fifth, respectively.