February 19, 2011

Ski Team Rallies to Finish 3rd at Middlebury Carnival

Marie Elaine-Lepine

MIDDLEBURY, Vt.-  The Nordic team of Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) and Tasha Kullas (Timmins, Ontario) captured a victory in the women's 3x3 freestyle sprint relay, helping the University of New Hampshire ski team rally for a third-place finish at the Middlebury College Winter Carnival in EISA competition Saturday afternoon.

UNH, which was in fourth place after the opening day of action, amassed 759 points to finish behind carnival champion Dartmouth College (893) and runner-up University of Vermont (881). UVM had won the first four carnivals of the EISA season.

Egan, Guiney and Kullas earned 116 points with their first win of the season, completing the 3x3 free relay in 32 minutes, 3.5 seconds. The Wildcat trio of Anya Caldwell Bean (Wolfeboro, N.H.), Katie Miller (Lenox, Mass.) and Abby Taylor (Rochester, N.Y.) finished eighth in a time of 33:15.6.

The men's Nordic team finished third in the 3x3 free relay with 96 points as Dan Guiney (Park City, Utah), Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) and Andrew Clemence (Falmouth, Maine) took fourth place in a time of 27:18.9. Dartmouth (116) and Vermont (106) were first and second, respectively.

The men's alpine team claimed third place in the giant slalom with 110 points, powered by the duo of Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va.) and Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario). Clayton posted a combined time of 2 minutes, .5 seconds for 41 points and fourth place, with Atkinson finishing just .18 seconds behind Clayton for fifth place and 39 points. Chad Lawrence (Hastings, Minn., 2:02.10) earned 30 points by finishing in 12th place. Vermont (130) and Middlebury (116) took the top two spots.

Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) led the women's alpine team to third overall in the GS with a combined time of 2:05.52, a fourth-place score that was a mere .32 seconds off the pace set by race champion Kate Ryley of UVM. Lepine's 41 points were complemented by 30 points from Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario), who finished 11th in a time of 2:06.74, and Catherine Blanchard (Eastman, Quebec), who chalked up 21 points with her time of 2:09.21, good for 21st overall. New Hampshire's 92 points were bettered by Vermont's 122 and Dartmouth's 110.

UNH embarks on a trip to Bates College for the annual EISA Championships on Saturday, Feb. 26, and Sunday, Feb. 27. Alpine racing will take place at Sunday River in Bethel, Maine, and the host site for Nordic events will be Black Mountain in Rumford, Maine. For more information on UNH skiing, visit www.unhwildcats.com.

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