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Skiing Takes Second at EISA Championships

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By Cory Ransom
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MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — The Dartmouth ski team finished its sixth and final carnival of the season by taking second place at the Middlebury Carnival and EISA Championships with 848 points, trailing only Vermont which posted 955 points. The two rivals took the top two spots at each carnival this year with the Big Green winning two.

The men’s Nordic team defeated the field in the 20K Classic at the Trapps Course in Stowe, Vt., this morning with three Big Green skiers finishing among the top four and four in the top six. Although Patrick Johnson of Middlebury had the best individual time of 1:19:34.5, the next three to cross the line were in a Dartmouth cluster. Senior Gordon Vermeer (Minneapolis, Minn.) took second place in 1:19:46.5, and sophomore David Sinclair (Waitsfield, Vt.) was a whisker behind in third in 1:19:46.9. Fighting off a Catamount for fourth by half of a second was senior Alex Schulz (Johnson, Vt.) in 1:19:49.2. Junior Sam Tarling claimed sixth place with a time of 1:20:07.0 as the Big Green totaled 132 points while Vermont and host Middlebury and Vermont tied for second with 93.

In the women’s 15K Classic, Vermont was able to edge Dartmouth by 11 points, 127-116. The two teams alternated the top four spots with the Caldwell sisters, senior Sophie and sophomore Isabel (Peru, Vt.) taking second and fourth places, respectively. The elder Caldwell crossed the finish line in 1:05:32.2, 20 seconds behind the Catamounts’ Lucy Garrec, while the younger finished up in 1:06:04.4. Senior Stephanie Crocker (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) was the third Big Green skier to score points, placing 13th in 1:07:36.1.

On the slopes at the Middlebury Snow Bowl, the Dartmouth women had two finish among the top 10 in the giant slalom, led by freshman Abby Fucigna (Hopkinton, Mass.) in fifth place with a two-run time of 2:06.87. Junior Annie Rendall took seventh in 2:07.15, and junior Madeline Packard (North Hampton, N.H.) also scored for the Big Green in 20th place with a combined time of 2:08.74. The 94 points for the Big Green put them in third, behind Vermont (127) and New Hampshire (107.5).

The Catamounts also took the men’s giant slalom with three of the top four finishers and 135 points. Freshmen Dylan Fisher McCarney (Toronto, Ont.) and Ben Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) were the top two skiers for Dartmouth, placing 15th in 2:01.49 and 16th in 2:01.76, respectively. Hunter Black (Keystone, Colo.) made it a rookie trio scoring for the Big Green with his time of 2:02.82, good for 27th.

Dartmouth will now prepare for the NCAA Championships, which will take place on March 7-10 in Bozeman, Mont.