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Dartmouth Finishes Fourth at NCAA Skiing Championships

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The Big Green after accepting their fourth-place trophies at the NCAA Skiing Championships     By Paul Bussi

BOZEMAN, Mont. — Dartmouth picked up 80 points in the men’s and women’s slalom at the Bridger Bowl today, finishing up the 59th Annual NCAA Skiing Championships hosted by Montana State in fourth place with a total of 590 points over the four days. Taking home the team title for the first time in 18 years was the University of Vermont with a record 832 points, while Utah bested the defending champion, Colorado, by a single point to narrowly finish as the runner up with 671 points.

This championship was the first in 20 years in which the East had more than one team among the top four, and just the second time since 1983 when the sport went coed.

The day began with the women hitting the slopes. Junior Annie Rendall (South Burlington, Vt.) zig-zagged through the gates with the sixth-best time on her first run, but ultimately settled for 15th with a combined time of 1:36.89. The Fucigna sisters from Hopkinton, Mass., freshman Abby and senior Erin, finished consecutively in the standings in 27th and 28th, respectively.

The men did not finish as strong as they would have liked with freshman Hunter Black (Keystone, Colo.) posting the best Big Green time at 1:54.04, good for 23rd place. Senior Trevor Leafe (Monroe, N.H.) completed his two runs in 27th in 1:57.15, and freshman Ben Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) unfortunately was disqualified during his first run.

No other school accumulated more points than Dartmouth in the Nordic portion of the championships as the Big Green racked up 427 points with 10 All-American performances out of the dozen that raced. But Vermont wasn’t far behind with 401 points, and combined with the Catamounts’ top showing in the alpine events with 431 points, they went on to win by the widest margin ever — 161 points. Only Utah in 2003 had ever won by a margin of more than 100 points, besting Vermont that year by 131.