NEWRY & RUMFORD, Maine – Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) took third place and Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario) earned fifth place in the women's giant slalom race at Sunday River to lead the University of New Hampshire skiing team to third place overall following the opening day of the Bates Carnival on Friday afternoon.
UNH has registered 347 points, trailing Vermont (531) and Dartmouth (418) after one day of the two-day carnival.
The women's alpine team led the way with 108 points to finish runner-up in GS behind only event-winner Vermont (138). Lepine, who posted the second-fastest time in the initial run, led the Wildcats' efforts with a combined time of 2 minutes, 33.77 seconds. Rozinowicz clocked the third-fastest time in the first heat en route to a combined time of 2:34.40, and Jenna Kantor (East Burke, Vt.) tallied an 18th-place time of 2:36.69.
Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario) was the top 'Cat for the men's alpine team in GS courtesy of a 12th-place finish of 2:31.45. Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) checked in just two-hundredths of a second behind Atkinson for 13th place, and Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) made the most of his collegiate debut by finishing in a 17th-place combined time of 2:31.79, highlighted by the team's fastest run of the day (1:14.53, 2nd heat). UNH's team score of 85 placed it third in the event, behind UVM (141) and Middlebury (115).
New Hampshire registered 84 points in the women's 5K freestyle to tie Middlebury for fourth place. Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) paced the Wildcats with 33 points by virtue of her eighth-place finish in 15 minutes, 9.4 seconds. Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.) picked up 28 points for 14th place in a time of 15:26.6, and Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) collected 23 points (15:51.4) for a 22nd-place finish. Vermont (136 points) won the race, followed by Dartmouth (114) and Bates (89).
Making his UNH debut, Johnny Springer (Jackson, Wyo.) led the way for the men's Nordic team in the 10K freestyle by placing 22nd in 28:18.0, earning 26 points. Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) notched 23 points by finishing 26th (28:29.0), and Dan Guiney (Park City, Utah) chalked up 21 points (28th, 28:31.3). With 70 points, the Wildcats finished fifth in the race, behind Dartmouth (127), Vermont (116), Middlebury (107) and Williams (73).
Day two of the Bates Carnival consists of the men's and women's slalom alpine races at Sunday River and the men's and women's 10K classic Nordic races at Black Mountain. For more information on the UNH skiing program, visit www.unhwildcats.com or www.unhskiing.com.