UVM Skiing Wins Second Straight EISA Title
- By Lisa A. Champagne
The University of Vermont ski team won its second straight Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Assocation (EISA) Championship, piling up 955 points. Dartmouth followed in second place with 848 points and Middlebury and New Hampshire tied for third with 724.5 points. The Catamounts capture the EISA crown for the 32nd time in the program's history.
UVM had a repeat of day one, winning three races. Sophomore Kate Ryley won for the second time in as many days, sweeping the alpine events. She posted a winning time of 2:04.86 to win the women's GS, adding that to the slalom title she picked up yesterday.
Teammate Kristina Riis-Johnannessen finished second overall behind Ryley. Riis-Johannessen led after the first run, posting a time of 1:02.19. She finished with a two-run total of 2:05.25. Elise Tefre rounded out the top three skiers for the Catamounts with a 10th place finish.
In the men's GS, Vermont nearly completed the sweep as Kevin Drury won his second straight EISA GS title. Drury picked up his first win of the year with a two-run total of 1:58.45. Jonathan Nordbotten, yesterday's winner in the slalom, posted the fastest run of the day (58.63), but placed third with a total time of 1:59.49.
The Catamounts placed three other skiers in the top-11. Nordbotten was followed by Tim Kelley in fourth place, Sean Higgins in seventh and Bobby Farrell in 11th place.
In the Nordic races at Trapp Family Lodge, Lucy Garrec earned her fourth win of the year, placing first in the 15K classic. Garrec beat out Dartmouth's Sophie Caldwell by 30 seconds, posting a time of 1:05.12.1. Teammate Amy Glen was third and followed by Anja Gruber in eighth and Caitlin Patterson in 10th.
In the men's 20K classic race, Patrick Johnson of Middlebury picked up his second win in as many days, finishing with a time of 1:19:34.5. Franz Bernstein was UVM's top skier, placing fifth at 1:19.49.7 and was followed by Dylan Grald in ninth and Pete Hegman in 22nd place.
Overall, UVM finished the carnival winning six of the eight races and 11 Catamounts earned podium appearances.
Up next for the Vermont is the 2012 NCAA Ski Championships hosted by Montana State from March 7-10. The Nordic races will be held at Bohart Ranch Cross Country Ski Center, while the alpine races will be at Bridger Bowl. Schedule of events can be found here and all races are scheduled to be webcast on NCAA.com.