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Big Green in Second at EISA Championships After One Day

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By C.J. Feehan
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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — The Dartmouth women’s alpine team had the best showing of the day at the Middlebury Carnival and EISA Championships, winning the slalom as the Big Green finished the day in second place, 44 points behind Vermont, 473-429. Both the men’s and women’s Nordic teams combined to place second in their respective races, and the men’s alpine squad finished fourth in the slalom.

Junior Annie Rendall (South Burlington, Vt.) zipped through the first run of the slalom at the Middlebury Snow Bowl with the second-fastest time (48.50 seconds), the followed up with the third-fastest the second time down to win silver with a combined time of 1:38.60. Claiming sixth place for Dartmouth was senior Erin Fucigna (Hopkinton, Mass.) in 1:40.11. Although Vermont had skiers that won the slalom and placed fifth, freshman Abby Fucigna (Hopkinton, Mass.) provided the difference in the team standings by finishing in 15th with a two-run time of 1:41.36. The next Catamount skier took a spill on the second run, leaving her well down the standings as Dartmouth posted 109 points, Williams finished second with 99.5 and New Hampshire third with 93.

One again freshman Ben Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) paced the Big Green men’s alpine team, placing seventh in the slalom with a two-run time of 1:34.85. Fellow freshman Dylan Fisher McCarney (Toronto, Ont.) came in 17th in 1:37.14 and sophomore Mathieu Bertrand (Montreal, Quebec) in 20th with a combined time of 1:37.89. Vermont won the event on the strength of taking the top two spots, while New Hampshire took second thanks to sweeping the next three fastest skiers.

Once again the lack of snow impacted the venue for the cross country races, sending the competitors back to the Trapps Course in Stowe, Vt., for the third time this year. But for the first time this season, the Dartmouth men’s Nordic team did not win an event, sliding to second place without the services of senior All-American Eric Packer (Anchorage, Alaska), who is competing at the U23 World Championships in Turkey this week. Vermont took advantage, slipping past the Big Green by a mere five points, 119-114, in the 10K Free. Junior Sam Tarling (Cumberland, Maine) once again finished on the podium, placing third with a time of 25:12.8. Senior Gordon Vermeer took fifth place in 25:32.9, and sophomore David Sinclair (Waitsfield, Vt.) crossed the line in 10th place in 25:49.2.

In the women’s 5K Free, senior Sophie Caldwell (Peru, Vt.) matched Tarling’s performance, finishing third in 14:01.2 behind a pair of Catamount skiers. Sophomore Annie Hart (Stillwater, Minn.) was next to cross the line in fourth place with a time of 14:18.6, and senior Erika Flowers took seventh in 14:35.4. In addition, senior Stephanie Crocker (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) just finished outside the top 10 with a time of 14:52.7 to come in 11th.

The carnival will conclude tomorrow with the women’s 15K Classic, men’s 20K Classic and giant slalom races.