UVM dominates- close battle between Dartmouth, Middlebury, and UNH.
The Catamounts won the St. Lawrence University carnival by a healthy 224-point margin today (January 19th 2013). At the same time, an exciting three-way battle for the next two podium positions came down to 88 points between Dartmouth, New Hampshire, and Middlebury.
The UVM alpine women dominated again in slalom, finishing three girls in the top four, led by the current Canadian World-Cup racer Elli Terwiel. She brought her world-class speed to the carnival finishing a solid 1.76 seconds ahead of her Norwegian teammate Kristina Riss-Johannessen. Dartmouth's former US ski team racer, Lizzie Kistler denied a UVM podium sweep with her third place podium performance, with UVM’s 2012 NCAA slalom champion, Kate Ryley following in fourth.
Middlebury’s David Donaldson (pictured left) won the men’s slalom, and has now won three of the four EISA races so far this year. Travis Dawson who won the slalom at the UVM carnival last week finished second, with the Utah native Coley Oliver representing the University of New Hampshire in third. The boys from Colorado, Hunter Black (Dartmouth) and Sam Coffey (UNH) have adapted to Eastern snow conditions as well, finishing fourth and fifth.
The UNH Wild Cat nordic girls showed an awesome performance this weekend, winning their portion of the Carnival for the second day in a row. Leading the UNH charge was Elizabeth Izzo, who claimed top-spot, with teammates Annika Taylor and Linda Danvind-Malm in 4th and 5th. Their performance this weekend helped UNH finish third as a team, only 41 points behind Dartmouth.
On the men’s side UVM racer, Scott Patterson (pictured below), came out with a repeat win, celebrating a podium with his teammate, Cole Morgen, who finished third. Jordon Buetow representing the private Bates College showed he could hang with the division 1 powerhouse with an impressive second place.