LYME CENTER, N.H. & STOWE, Vt. – Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario) stormed to a fourth-place finish in women's giant slalom at Dartmouth Skiway to lead the University of New Hampshire skiing team to a runner-up finish in that race and fourth place overall following Friday's opening day of EISA racing at the Dartmouth Winter Carnival.
UNH totaled 345 points through four of the eight scheduled races, with four more set for Saturday. Vermont leads with 500 points, while Dartmouth (382 points) and Middlebury (379) hold down the second and third spots, respectively.
Rozinowicz, who posted a combined time of 1 minute, 54.53 seconds for 41 points, finished just 1.19 seconds behind GS winner Kate Ryley of Vermont. Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) clocked in at 1:54.87 (35 points) to finish in seventh place, her third top-10 result of the season, and Catherine Blanchard (Eastman, Quebec) made it three Wildcat alpine skiers among the nine-fastest competitors by posting a ninth-place time of 1:56.14 (33 points). UVM's 113 points narrowly edged UNH's 109 for the women's GS triumph.
In the men's GS, Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) was the top 'Cat for the first time this season after edging teammate Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) for 12th place and 31 points in 1:51.09. Coffey took 13th place (30 points) by finishing a mere five-hundredths of a second behind Burton, and Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) scored 28 points with his 18th-place time of 1:51.34. The Wildcats' men's alpine team finished third with 89 points, behind first-place UVM (141) and second-place Middlebury (113).
In Nordic racing, Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) recorded her seventh straight top-10 finish and a team-high 31 points by placing 10th overall in the women's 5K freestyle at Trapp Family Lodge. Guiney completed the race in 14 minutes, 31.8 seconds. Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) finished 16th in a time of 14:50.0 to amass 28 points, and Tristan Ramey (Anchorage, Alaska) posted 25 points by placing 20th (14:59.5). New Hampshire finished third with 84 points, as Vermont (130) and Dartmouth (128) took the top two places.
Johnny Springer (Jackson, Wyo.) was the top men's Nordic 'Cat in the 10K free, tallying 22 points by virtue of his 20th-place time of 27:41.0. Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) took 22nd place in 27:51.5 for 21 points, and Dan Guiney (Park City, Utah) collected 20 points by finishing in 27:53.4 for 23rd place. As a team, the Wildcats finished in sixth place with 63 points. Dartmouth won the race with 118 points.
The Dartmouth Carnival concludes Saturday with the men's 15K and women's 10K classic Nordic races at Trapp Family Lodge and the men's and women's slalom races at Dartmouth Skiway. For more information on the UNH ski team, visit www.unhwildats.com or www.unhskiing.com.