Colby Carnival Begins with Giant Slalom
CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — Sophomore Abby Fucigna (Hopkinton, Mass.) took third in the women’s giant slalom on Friday to kick off the Colby Carnival, helping Dartmouth finish the day in fourth place with 186 points in the team standings, just half of a point behind Middlebury. The University of Vermont won giant slalom on both the men’s and women’s side to take the lead with 241 points, while New Hampshire sits in second with 201.5 points.
The day began with the women trekking down the slopes at Sugarloaf, and Fucigna blazed down with the third-fastest time in 52.83 seconds. When she returned for her second run, she once again came through with a strong performance with just three skiers posting a better time. Her combined time of 1:46.67 easily put her in third, behind Vermont’s Kate Ryley and Harvard’s Rebecca Nadler. Freshman Lizzie Kistler (Santa Rosa, Calif.) provided the next-best combined time for Dartmouth, placing 14th in 1:49.30, while senior Annie Rendall (South Burlington, Vt.) took 19th in 1:49.99 as the women finished third in the event with 95 points.
By looking at the men’s times, one would think they clustered more like a Nordic team. Sophomore Trace Cummings Smith (Dedham, Mass.) was the top finisher for the Big Green, tying for ninth with a time of 1:42.76. Just two-hundredths of a second behind him was sophomore Ben Morse (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) on his home slope in 11th place, with the next two in the final standings also came from Dartmouth — sophomore Hunter Black (Keystone, Colo.) in 12th (1:42.83) and freshman Robert Overing (Rothesay, N.B.) in 13th (1:42.86). The top three provided the points for the Big Green, giving them 91, good for fourth place.
Like Dartmouth, the Catamounts also clustered their skiers, taking second through fifth. But David Donaldson of Middlebury took the top spot on the podium in 1:40.18.
The carnival continues on Saturday with four events taking place. The alpine teams will run the slalom beginning at 9:30 a.m., while the Nordic squads start up at the Waterville Valley Resort in New Hampshire at 10 a.m.