JEFFERSONVILLE, Vt. — After winning the giant slalom for Dartmouth yesterday, sophomore Tanguy Nef doubled up with a victory in the slalom on Saturday at Smugglers Notch. But Vermont, which entered the day with a 41-point lead, did just enough to hold off the Big Green for the team title, winning the event by 10, 956-946.
Nef was the first skier to take to the slopes this morning, immediately putting his stamp on the race with a time that ended up being more than half a second better than anyone in the rest of the field. And with seniors Thomas Woolson and Brian McLaughlin running third and fifth, as well as freshman Kalle Wagner in eighth, Dartmouth was in excellent position.
In the second run, Wagner made a strong move with a time of 50 seconds flat. McLaughlin nearly matched that exactly to surpass Wagner in the standings, while Woolson stumbled a bit and fell back into 13th overall in 1:41.37. Karl Kuus of Plymouth State and Max Roeisland of Vermont put some pressure on Nef with times to move ahead of Wagner and McLaughlin, but the Swiss native came through with another stellar run to best Roeisland by 0.55 seconds with his combined time of 1:36.41. McLaughlin and Wagner claimed fourth (1:37.96) and fifth (193.21), respectively, giving the Green 130 points, while Vermont finished second with 113.
In the women’s race, Dartmouth quickly asserted itself with four of the seven fastest times on the first tour of the slopes. Junior Alexa Dlouhy had the honor of starting the event, and her time of 43.57 seconds was bested only by Vermont’s Paula Moltzan. Between those two was senior Foreste Peterson, yesterday’s winner in the giant slalom, and she zipped through the course in 44.08 seconds, good for third, with classmate Meg Currie in fourth at 44.40. A third senior, Kelly Moore, sat in seventh with her time of 45.29.
The Big Green’s top three saw no changes in their places in the standings with all three posting top-five times on the second run. Dlouhy and Peterson finished on the podium in second (1:27.23) and third (1:27.71), respectively, with Currie just behind Peterson in fourth (1:27.77), which gave Dartmouth 132 points to Vermont’s 118. Sophomore Stephanie Lebby was also among the top-five best times on the second go-round, vaulting from 12th to fifth in the final ledger with a combined time of 1:29.66, while Moore also posted a top-10 finish in eighth at 1:30.14. Moltzan took individual honors, winning the event by 1.07 seconds ahead of Dlouhy in 1:26.16.
Even with the Green besting the Catamounts in both the men’s and women’s slalom, it wasn’t quite enough to make the 41-point difference at the start of the day as Vermont was crowned the victor of the carnival.
Next up for the Dartmouth ski team is the Vermont Carnival next Friday and Saturday in Stowe, Vermont.