EAST BURKE, Vt. — Sophomore Lizzie Kistler (Santa Rosa, Calif.) took the top spot on the podium to help the Dartmouth women’s alpine team win the slalom at the Vermont Carnival on Sunday afternoon. The host Catamounts claimed the men’s slalom with three skiers in the top five while junior Ben Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) was the Big Green’s top finisher in sixth place.
The slalom had been scheduled to take place back on Jan. 11, but unusually warm and rainy weather caused the event to be postponed until today on the heels of the completion of the UNH Carnival over the previous two days. The quick turnaround was not a problem for Kistler who won her first EISA event of the year, beating out Vermont’s Kate Ryley and Kristina Riis-Johannessen. The sophomore zipped down the slopes with the fastest times in both runs, winning with a combined time of 1:34.83, more than a second ahead of Ryley.
All three scorers for the Dartmouth women were in the sophomore class as Sara Kikut (Burlington, Vt.) came through for Dartmouth with a solid sixth-place showing with a time of 1:39.40, and Maisie Ide (Minneapolis, Minn.) placed ninth, just two-hundredths of a second under 1:40. The trio earned a total of 118 points, while Vermont finished second with 111.
Morse put together two strong runs for the men’s team to post a combined time of 1:36.25. Freshman Dylan Brooks (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) recovered from his first run and improved close to six seconds to climb into 12th place at 1:37.11, while senior Mathieu Bertrand (Montreal, Que.) was just a hair behind in 14th at 1:37.15. All told, the men tallied 91 points, but Vermont ran away from the field with 136 points. Travis Dawson outpaced his Catamount teammate Dominique Garand by 0.41 seconds to win the slalom in 1:34.15.
With the alpine events complete, the Nordic teams will take center stage next weekend to complete the Vermont Carnival. The skiing begins on Saturday, Feb. 1 at Stowe, Vt.
Complete results from today’s racing should be available on Monday.