WARREN, Vt. — After finishing up the St. Michael’s Carnival on Saturday, the Dartmouth alpine teams scooted over to Sugarbush on Sunday to conclude the Colby Carnival with the slalom that had been postponed due to high winds the previous weekend. The Big Green performed well with one podium finisher in both the men’s and women’s race, but Vermont just eked out team wins in both events with a Catamount taking the gold in each.
The point totals were not accounted for in the final carnival standings, however, as it was decided last weekend to simply double the giant slalom points. Dartmouth was crowned the Colby champion last week by 20 points ahead of Vermont, 966-946, and would have won the team title even if the slalom was tabulated in the final scores. Granted, the margin of victory would have been merely a single point, 962-961, but the Big Green would have still had their carnival victory.
Slick conditions led to numerous falls, particularly on the first run in the morning. The men launched first with 21 skiers taking a tumble, but three Dartmouth skiers pushed hard and fast enough to be among the top six at the conclusion of the session. Sophomore Tanguy Nef, who won both the giant slalom and slalom the two previous days at Smugglers Notch, sat in second while seniors Thomas Woolson and Brian McLaughlin were fifth and sixth, respectively.
All three went on to post top-six times during the second run as well, allowing Nef to garner his third podium of the weekend and fourth in four races this season in third place with a combined time of 1:25.31, just two-hundredths of a second behind Vermont’s Sandy Vietze. Woolson traded places with Plymouth State’s Karl Kuus to overtake him for fourth in 1:25.88, while McLaughlin couldn’t quite make up more than a second to also catch Kuus, settling for sixth in 1:26.75. The Catamounts were able to beat out Dartmouth’s 122 points, however, thanks to Max Roiesland winning the race (1:24.85) and David Frisk placing 10th for a total of 127 points.
The slopes were a little more pliable for the women after the men completed their morning run with “only” 14 skiers failing to finish the first attempt. Dartmouth had two of the top three times at the end of the morning session, senior Foreste Peterson in second and junior Alexa Dlouhy in third, while senior Meg Currie was in eighth and sophomore Stephanie Lebby in 11th. But Paula Moltzan of Vermont had a healthy lead of more than a second and would cruise to the gold with a combined time of 1:36.30.
The second run proved fateful for Peterson, who could not complete the course, leaving Dlouhy in second with an excellent time to finish second behind Moltzan in 1:37.08. Currie also performed well, taking sixth in 1:38.50, and Lebby snuck into the top 10 with her overall time of 1:39.62, good for ninth. The margin of victory for the Catamounts was even slimmer than the men, beating out the Green by just two points, 117-115.
Dartmouth and Vermont have split the first two carnivals, and the Big Green next head to the Catamounts’ home courses next weekend on Friday and Saturday.