March 8, 2012

Ski Team Charges to 10th place at NCAA Ski Championships

Laura Rozinowicz

BOZEMAN, Mont. – The University of New Hampshire women's alpine team claimed sixth place in the giant slalom and the men's squad finished seventh in the GS at Bridger Bowl on Thursday as the Wildcats climbed six spots to 10th place overall at the midway point of the 2012 NCAA Skiing Championships.

The Wildcats have accumulated 136.5 points through two days of the four-day championships. The overall lead belongs to Vermont, which has 396 points. The Catamounts are followed by Utah (372), Colorado (359) and Dartmouth (302).

Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario) backboned UNH's efforts with a combined time of 1 minute, 43.47 seconds for 11th place and 29 points. Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) complemented that performance by notching 20th place and 20 points in a combined time of 1:44.26, and Jenna Kantor (East Burke, Vt.) secured 14 points and 26th place in 1:44.58. The Wildcats' 65 points were sixth-highest in the women's GS, which was captured by Colorado (108). Vermont (104) was the runner-up.

The men's alpine team was paced by captain Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario), who recorded a combined time of 1:34.29 to tie for 18th place (21.5 points) in the GS. Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) placed 22nd in 1:34.36 for 18 points, and Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va.) took 25th place in 1:34.65 for 15 points. All told, UNH scored 54.5 points to finish seventh in the race won by Utah (114). UVM (109) was the runner-up.

Nordic skiing at Bohart Ranch Cross Country Ski Center returns to the forefront Friday, March 9, with the men's 20K classical (11 a.m. EST) and the women's 15K classical (1 p.m. EST). Alpine racing resumes Saturday, March 10, with the women's and men's slalom races. Live web streaming of the 2012 NCAA Ski Championships is available at www.ncaa.com/liveschedule. For more information on the UNH ski team, visit www.unhwildcats.com or www.unhskiing.com.

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