CRAFTSBURY/STOWE, Vt. — The Dartmouth ski team won two of the four events on the second and final day, winning the Vermont Carnival for the third straight year. Sophomore Tanguy Nef won the slalom for the men, while the Big Green took second and third in each of the women’s races as they finished the day with 969 points, 37 ahead of the host Catamounts.
Nef shook off a tough day yesterday in the giant slalom as he was among the majority of the skiers that did not finish two runs in icy, windy conditions on Mount Mansfield. The Swiss native quickly established himself on his first run, posting the best time by more than a full second. With senior Brian McLaughlin sitting third and fellow senior Thomas Woolson tied for sixth, the men were in good position going into the afternoon.
On the second run, Nef continued his dominance, once again posting the fastest time by a wide margin to win the gold with a combined time of 1:45.43, besting Vermont’s Max Roiesland by over two seconds. McLaughlin just fell off the podium, finishing fourth in 1:48.07, but Woolson was unable to make it down the mountain, leaving freshman Peter Fucigna to finish the scoring for the Big Green in 18th with a time of 1:51.78. With skiers claiming second, fifth and sixth, Vermont was able to take the event, seven points ahead of Dartmouth, 123-116.
The women’s alpine team posted three of the top four times in the morning with junior Alexa Dlouhy, and seniors Foreste Peterson and Kelly Moore placing 2-3-4, respectively. And should any of them falter on the second run, sophomore Stephanie Lebby provided great depth, sitting sixth, all within half a second of each other.
None of them would catch Vermont’s Paula Moltzan on this day, who had the best times on both efforts to win the event in 1:49.68. Peterson edged out Dlouhy for the silver by a tenth of a second in 1:51.05 with the latter taking third, giving Dartmouth two on the podium. Moore had a solid time yet fell back to seventh in 1:52.49 to complete the Big Green scoring with a total of 126 points, topping the Catamounts by eight.
For the second straight day, the women’s cross-country trio of freshman Katharine Ogden, sophomore Abby Drach and junior Taryn Hunt-Smith completed their race — the 5K Classic today — with top-five times. But today they went one better with all in the top four with Ogden nearly winning the event. The race came down to the wire, but Ogden was edged out by three-tenths of a second by Vermont’s Alayna Sonnesyn, settling for second once again with a time of 14:48.3.
The battle for the final podium step was just as tight between teammates Drach and Hunt-Smith. In a photo finish, Drach pushed her ski across the finish line first in 15:13.4, a mere tenth of a second in front of Hunt-Smith, giving Drach her first medal this season and fifth of her career. Their performances gave the Green the victory in the team totals, once again topping Vermont, this time by a 132-122 margin.
The men’s 10K Classic also featured a close battle for the third spot on the podium between two Big Green skiers and Middlebury’s Peter Wolter. Peter Holmes of New Hampshire and Zane Fields of Colby comfortably took the top two places while seniors Callan DeLine and Luke Brown went toe-to-toe with Wolter down the stretch. Wolter nudged ahead just enough at the finish line to claim the bronze in 27:04.1, while Brown nosed out DeLine for fourth by a tenth of a second in 27:05.0.
Freshman Adam Glueck concluded the Dartmouth scoring skiers in 11th, leaving the Big Green with 109 points, only three behind Middlebury for the team title. New Hampshire took third with an even 100 points while Vermont placed fourth with 90.
Dartmouth will play host next weekend during Winter Carnival on campus. The alpine events will begin on Friday morning at the Dartmouth Skiway, while the Nordic events will hopefully take place that same morning at Oak Hill with a tremendous effort during the week to ensure there is enough snow on the course.