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Dartmouth Has Nine Named to All-East Teams
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          Release: 03/06/2012
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HANOVER, N.H. — The Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association announced its All-East teams last week, and a total of nine Dartmouth skiers earned a spot on the first or second teams. Among those selected was the East’s top-ranked women’s Nordic skier entering the NCAA Championships, Sophie Caldwell (Peru, Vt.), while men’s Nordic coach Ruff Patterson was selected as one of three EISA Coaches of the Year.

Of the nine Big Green skiers to be named to the EISA All-East teams, seven were on the men’s and women’s cross country squads, led by Caldwell, who finished on the podium in 10 of the 11 races with three first-place finishes. She was joined on the women’s Nordic first team — comprised of five skiers — by sophomore Annie Hart (Stillwater, Minn.), while sophomore Erika Flowers (Bozeman, Mont.) was honored on the second team. Hart, a second-team selection as well as the EISA Rookie of the Year a year ago, placed among the top six in nine of the 11 races, winning the lone race at the Williams Carnival. Flowers, meanwhile, finished on the podium twice while placing among the top 10 in nine of the 10 races in which she competed.

The men’s Nordic team had four skiers earn a spot on one of the two teams, three making the first team. Seniors Eric Packer (Anchorage, Alaska) and Gordon Vermeer (Minneapolis, Minn.), along with junior Sam Tarling (Cumberland, Maine) all enjoyed first-team status this year, while sophomore David Sinclair (Waitsfield, Vt.) garnered second-team honors. Packer just returned from a stint at the U23 World Championships held in Turkey, but before the event, he built up his NCAA qualifying rank to second by winning three of his seven races and finishing no lower than seventh. Tarling, the 2011 Nordic champ in the freestyle, is ranked fourth with 10 top-four finishes and eight stops on the medal podium. Vermeer posted eight top-five finishes while earning a spot on the podium three times. Sinclair finished the year strong with two top-10 finishes at the EISA Championships, including third place in the 20K Classic.

On the slopes, freshman Ben Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) finished a dramatic debut season by taking a spot on the first team. The top-ranked giant slalom skier in the East, Morse won two races and placed second in another. For the women, junior Annie Rendall (South Burlington, Vt.) was tabbed for the second team after eight top-10 finishes and three stops on the podium.

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