March 10, 2012

Ski Team Finishes 10th at NCAA Championships

Zach Clayton

BOZEMAN, Mont.Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va.) skied to a team-best 14th-place finish in Saturday's men's slalom at Bridger Bowl to help the University of New Hampshire skiing team finish 10th overall on the final day of the 2012 NCAA Skiing Championships, hosted by Montana State University.

With their 296 points, the Wildcats placed in the top 10 for the 23rd time in Nordic head coach/ski coordinator Cory Schwartz's 30 years coaching at the University. Vermont scored 832 points to win the national championship. The Catamounts were followed by Utah (671), Colorado (670) and Dartmouth (590).

Clayton recorded a combined time of 1 minute, 52.47 seconds to earn 26 points. Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario) completed his two runs in 1:56.36 to earn a share of 25th place (14.5 points), and Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) clocked in at 2:00.61 for 29th place (11 points). New Hampshire finished eighth in men's SL with 51 points. Middlebury totaled 104 points to win the race.

The UNH women's alpine team also compiled 51 points (seventh place) in its SL race as the Wildcats' three skiers finished consecutively. Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario) notched top 'Cat honors with a 22nd-place time of 52.18 seconds for 18 points, Jenna Kantor (East Burke, Vt.) took 23rd place (17 points) in 52.50 and Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) crossed the finish line in 51.97 to finish 24th  (16 points). UVM scored 136 points to win the race.

For more information on the UNH ski team, visit www.unhwildcats.com or www.unhskiing.com.

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