January 24, 2010

Bears Fall to Fourth Place in MacConnell Division Standings After Series of Crashes

WATERVILLE VALLEY, NH - Leading the MacConnell Division entering the weekend, the Bears had a tough weekend at Waterville Valley, taking fourth place in the slalom races and ninth place in the giant slalom races due to several crashes. After the slalom, Brown still held onto second place, but following the giant slalom, the Bears slipped into fourth place in the season standings.

In Saturday's slalom, Brown was led by junior Krista Consiglio (Bethany, CT), who took third with a two-run time of 1:28.45, just .35 off the leader. Her first-run time of 41.74 was the fastest of the day, beating the second-fastest for that run by .22. Senior Elisa Handbury (Sydney, Australia) was the next finisher for the Bears, taking 11th place overall with a two-run time of 1:31.59.

Sophomore Emily Simmons (Buffalo, NY) and freshman Catherine Stewart (Stratton, VT) were third and fourth in for Brown, as Simmons claimed 20th with a two-run time of 1:34.30 and Stewart took 21st with a time of 1:34.44. Freshman Therice Morris (Raleigh, NC) rounded out Brown's finishers with a 57th-place finish (2:25.82).

Sunday's giant slalom was a different story, however. Things started well for the Bears, who were in first place after the first run. Sophomore Kia Mosenthal (Plymouth, NH) ended up winning the overall race, clocking in at 1:07.01, .47 ahead of the second-place finisher. Consiglio also had two solid runs, earning a total time of 1:07.93.

Due to crashes by Morris in the first run and Handbury and Stewart in the second run, Brown was forced to use Simmons' time for its third scorer. Normally a scorer for the Bears, Simmons finished 62nd with a total time of 1:51.97. After crashing in her first run, Simmons hiked back up the mountain and onto the course, before skiing back down, earning a time of 1:16.31. Her time of 35.66 in the second run was comparable to several of the skiers who finished in the top-15.

Brown will look to regroup next weekend when it travels to Gunstock for the giant slalom on Friday, January 29th, and then to Blackwater for the slalom on Saturday, January 30th.