BETHEL & RUMFORD, Maine- University of New Hampshire junior alpine skier Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario) capped a tremendous carnival season by registering a fifth-place finish in the men's giant slalom, propelling the UNH ski team to third place overall at the 2011 Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association Championships at Bates College on Sunday afternoon.
The Wildcats totaled 709.5 points over the two-day event to finish behind the University of Vermont (1,017) and Dartmouth College (874).
Atkinson, who took seventh place in Saturday's slalom race, was the top 'Cat of the weekend after posting a combined time of 2 minutes, 27.86 seconds for 39 points in Sunday's GS at Sunday River. Chad Lawrence (Hastings, Minn.) earned 31 points by taking ninth place in a time of 2:28.65, and Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) notched 29 points by virtue of an 11th-place finish of 2:29.23. Taylor Burton (Breckenridge, Colo., 15th, 2:29.75) and Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va., 21st, 2:31.17) also had strong showings for the Wildcats, as the men's alpine team finished third with 99 points, behind Vermont (127) and Middlebury College (112).
In the women's GS, Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) paced UNH's efforts with an eighth-place combined time of 2:34.53 for 37 points. Jenna Kantor (Burke, Vt.) tallied 30 points with a 12-place time of 2:35.16, and Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario) came in 15th place, securing 27 points, after recording a time of 2:35.50. Jacqueline Lebel (Truckee, Calif.) also had a strong showing, placing 17th in 2:35.57. The women's alpine team finished fourth with 94 points.
On the Nordic side at Black Mountain, Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) was the top 'Cat with an 11th-place finish in the women's 15K classic. Egan collected 33 points by finishing in 54 minutes, 19.7 seconds. Abby Taylor (Rochester, N.Y., 55:29.6) finished in 19th place to earn 26 points, and Katie Miller (Lenox, Mass., 57:08.5) picked up 18 points by finishing in 28th place. The women's Nordic team finished fourth with 77 points.
Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) paced the men's Nordic team, completing the 20K classic in 1 hour, 5 minutes, 20.1 seconds for 20th overall and 24 points. Dan Guiney (Park City, Utah) took 26th place for 20 points, and Andrew Clemence (Falmouth, Maine) recorded 19 points by finishing in a time of 1:06:35.9 for 29th place. The Wildcats finished in sixth place with 63 points.
The UNH ski team returns to action at the NCAA Championships, being hosted by the University of Vermont, March 9-12.
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