HANOVER & LYME CENTER, N.H.- Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) notched a sixth-place finish in the women's 5K freestyle race, and Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario) placed seventh in the women's giant slalom to lead the University of New Hampshire skiing team to fourth place after one day of competition at the Dartmouth Winter Carnival on Friday afternoon.
The University of Vermont led the way with 500 points, Dartmouth College scored 454 points, Middlebury College totaled 361.5 points and UNH compiled 339.5 points through four events in the 12-team carnival.
The men's alpine team produced the highest score among Wildcats' squads, posting 99 points in the GS to finish third behind Vermont (136) and Middlebury (111). Four UNH skiers finished within .33 seconds of one another with Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) earning top 'Cat honors with a combined time of 1 minute, 56.07 seconds for ninth place, Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario) finishing 10th at 1:56.12, Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va.) grabbing 11th at 1:56.15 and Taylor Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) tying for 15th place in 1:56.40.
Rozinowicz's combined time of 1:58.42 helped guide UNH to fifth place in the women's GS with 86 points. Vermont (123), Dartmouth (110), Middlebury (95) and Williams (89) tallied the top four spots. Individually, two other Wildcats finished in the top 20 as Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) registered a 14th-place time of 1:59.44, and Catherine Blanchard (Eastman, Quebec) clocked in at 1:59.96 for 17th place.
In Nordic racing competition, Egan's team-leading sixth-place finish came in a time of 14:25.5 for 39 points. Katie Miller (Lenox, Mass., 14:44.7, 29 points) placed 13th, Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah, 14:49.5, 26.5 points) earned 15th place and Anya Caldwell Bean (Wolfeboro, N.H.) recorded a 19th-place time of 14:53.2, earning 24 points. New Hampshire took fourth in the event with 94.5 points, behind Dartmouth (126), Vermont (117) and Bates (100).
Highlighting the men's Nordic team's seventh-place performance in the 10K free was Andrew Clemence (Falmouth, Maine) who amassed 23 points by virtue of his 24th-place time of 26:19.3. Other notable scores were turned in by Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden, 29th place, 20 points, 26:40.8) and Harrison Harb (Hopkinton, N.H., 38th place, 16 points, 27:05.3), as UNH racked up 60 points.
The Dartmouth Winter Carnival concludes Saturday, Feb. 12, with the women's 15K classic and men's 20K classic Nordic events at Oak Hill in Hanover, N.H., and the men's and women's slalom races at Dartmouth Skiway in Lyme Center, N.H. For all the latest news involving UNH skiing, CLICK HERE.