CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine — Dartmouth junior Foreste Peterson was one of several Big Green skiers who competed at the U.S. Alpine Chamiponships at Sugarloaf, and she had the best finish by taking second in the giant slalom on Monday, even with the snow falling and the gusting winds making the course a little more treacherous.
Peterson completed her two runs in 2:05.36 with both of her times second only to the champion, Megan McJames, who won the event by 0.33 seconds. Joining the two on the podium was another skier who attends Dartmouth, Patricia Mangan, though she does not compete for the college team.
“It was some of the craziest conditions I think I’ve ever raced in,” Peterson noted after the race to Megan Harrod, “but I was so confident in the snow because it was so good first run so I just knew that I could stand on it and push it.”
The day prior, Peterson finished just off the podium in fourth in the slalom by less than a quarter of a second with a combined time of 1:41.14.
|Thomas Woolson competes in the slalom at US Nationals.
(courtesy Chris Cohen)
On the men’s side, junior Brian McLaughlin had a terrific showing in the giant slalom today, finishing fourth out of the 94 competitors in 2:19.70, just 0.16 seconds off the podium and two-hundredths of a second ahead of former Dartmouth NCAA slalom champion, David Chodounsky ’08. Freshman Tanguy Nef also landed in the top 10 with his time of 2:20.38, taking eighth, while senior Thomas Woolson ended up in 14th in 2:21.69 and classmate Prescott McLaughlin took 25th in 2:24.64.
Woolson had a fine showing in the slalom on Sunday, claiming eighth (1:38.04), and Prescott McLaughlin finished 19th (1:40.88). The top three skiers also happened to be former or current Dartmouth students, including Chodounsky in second and current students A.J. Ginnis as the champion and Michael Ankeny in third.
Two more Dartmouth women competed in the giant slalom at the Canadian Nationals on Sunday in freshman Stephanie Currie and sophomore Alexa Dlouhy, who claimed seventh and eighth, respectively.