February 4, 2011

Ski Team in Second Place after Day One of Vermont Winter Carnival

STOWE, Vt.– UNH freshman alpine skier Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario) notched a career-best second-place finish in the women's giant slalom to highlight the first day of EISA action at the Vermont Winter Carnival on Friday afternoon. The Wildcats, with 414 points, trail only the host Catamounts, who won three of four team events Friday to total 524 points.

Marie-Elaine Lepine
Rozinowicz just missed out on capturing the GS individual championship, posting a combined time of 2 minutes, 6.76 seconds –a mere .66 seconds behind winner Kate Ryley of UVM. Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) racked up an eighth-place finish in 2:07.70, while Catherine Blanchard (Eastman, Quebec, 2:09.55, 15th) and Krissy McNeill (Bloomington, Minn., 2:11.46, 26th) also had strong showings, helping UNH score 110 points. Vermont took first place with 131 points.

The men's alpine team was led by Chad Lawrence (Hastings, Minn.), who recorded a time of 2:02.88 for a fourth-place showing in the GS. He was immediately followed by fifth-place Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo., 2:02.91) and sixth-place Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario, 2:03.03). Taylor Burton (Breckenridge, Colo., 2:03.75, 12th) and Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va., 2:04.60, 18th) also tallied top-20 scores for the 'Cats, who totaled 117 points to finish runner-up to UVM's 130 points.

The women's Nordic team posted a third-place finish in the 15K classic with 105 points, behind Vermont (141) and Dartmouth (109). Individually, Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah, 37 points, 54:47.6) headed the 'Cats with a sixth-place finish in 54 minutes, 47.6 seconds, notching a team-high 37 points. Tasha Kullas (Bow, N.H., 35 points, 54:44.8) and Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine, 33 points, 54:47.6) took seventh and eighth place, respectively, and Katie Miller (Lenox, Mass.) placed 20th overall with a time of 56:42.0 for 26 points.

Erik Lindgren
(Pitea, Sweden) paced the men's Nordic efforts in the 20K classic, finishing eighth in a time of 1:03:59.4 to earn 33 points. Harrison Harb (Hopkinton, N.H.) picked up 26 points by recording a 19th-place time of 1:05:20.8, and Dan Guiney (Park City, Utah) finished 22nd in 1:05:53.8 for 23 points. New Hampshire amassed 82 team points to finish fourth, behind Dartmouth (132), Vermont (122) and Middlebury (90).

The Vermont Winter Carnival concludes Saturday, Feb. 5, with the men's and women's slalom events at Mount Mansfield, and the men's 10K free and women's 5K free Nordic races are on tap at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt. For all the latest news involving UNH skiing, visit www.unhwildcats.com.
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