February 4, 2012

Men's SL Win Helps Ski Team Maintain 2nd Place at UVM Carnival

Paul Atkinson

STOWE, Vt.Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario) captured third place to lead a men's team victory on slalom, and the University of New Hampshire skiing team strengthened its hold on second place on day two of the three-day Vermont Winter Carnival on Saturday.

The Wildcats' 558.5 overall points trail Dartmouth's 675 points. Middlebury (538 points) is third, followed by Vermont (493) and Williams (393).

The UNH men's alpine team posted 120 points to edge Dartmouth (114) for the SL victory, led by Atkinson's combined time of 1 minute, 44.46 seconds for 44 points. Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va.) clocked in at 1:45.08 for fifth place (39 points), and Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) claimed sixth place and 37 points in a time of 1:45.52.

The women's alpine team finished sixth in SL with 70.5 points, paced by Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario), who posted a time of 1:54.61 for 15th place (27 points). Catherine Blanchard (Eastman, Quebec) finished two-tenths of a second behind Rozinowicz for 26 points (16th place), and Jenna Kantor (East Burke, Vt.) capped the Wildcats' scoring with four points (2:00.08, 27th place). Williams won the women's SL with 127 points.

In Nordic action, Tristan Ramey (Anchorage, Alaska) and Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) tallied top-10 finishes to lead UNH to third place in the women's 5K classic. Ramey was the top 'Cat with a ninth-place finish of 16 minutes, 33.9 seconds for 33 points. Guiney took 10th place in 16:39.5 for 31 points, and Elizabeth Izzo (Lake Placid, N.Y.) notched 25 points with a time of 17:08.4 (19th place). With 89 team points, UNH finished behind Dartmouth (131) and UVM (127).

The men's Nordic team was led by the brother tandem of Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) and Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) in the 10K classic. Per finished in seventh place to accumulate a team-leading 35 points in a time of 29:20.5, while Erik crossed the finish line in 29:32.3 for 10th place and 30 points. Dan Guiney (Park City, Utah) earned 26 points by virtue of his 17th-place time of 30:08.3. With 91 points, New Hampshire finished fourth, behind Dartmouth (127), Vermont (112) and Middlebury (108).

The UVM Carnival concludes Sunday with the women's and men's 10K skate Nordic races at Trapp Family Lodge. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com or www.unhskiing.com.

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