January 11, 2013

Skiing Opens Season With Slalom Win at Pico Mountain

KILLINGTON, VT – The Brown women's skiing team opened its 2013 season by winning the slalom race at the Castleton State Carnival, hosted by Pico Mountain. The Bears' top three skiers combined for a time of 3:53.71, while Castleton State finished in second with a total time of 3:55.26. Clarkson rounded out the top three teams with a time of 3:55.71. Sophomore Nika Mosenthal (Plymouth, NH) finished in fourth overall with a two-run time of 1:16.83 to lead Brown.

Brown was dominant in the first run, as six of the Bears' seven skiers all finished inside the top 15. Junior Emma LeBlanc (Darien, CT) led the way with a time of 36.25, good for third place, while Mosenthal came in fifth place with a time of 36.54.  Junior Maria Mastanduno (Hanover, NH) and sophomore Amanda Engelhardt (Plymouth, NH) tied for sixth place, posting identical times of 37.17, while senior Catherine Stewart (Stratton, VT) finished in a time of 38.04 to place 10th. Freshman Katie Liebowitz (Pound Ridge, NY) rounded out the top six in 12th place with a time of 38.10, while freshman Yasemin Benker (Istanbul, Turkey) also finished, clocking a time of 38.88, good for 19th.

Despite varying degrees of crashes in the second run for four of Brown's seven skiers, the Bears' depth helped push Brown to the top of the podium due to the strong first run by every member of the team. Liebowitz led Brown in the second run with a time of 39.88, while Mosenthal was second for Brown with a time of 40.29. Benker finished the second run in 40.70, while Stewart finished in 40.86. Engelhardt finished her second run in 44.26, while LeBlanc posted a second-run time of 55.74 and Mastanduno did not finish her final run.

In all, Mosenthal took fourth (1:16.83), while Liebowitz came in sixth (1:17.98) and Stewart finished in 12th (1:18.90). Rounding out Brown's other three finisers were Benker in 15th (1:19.58), Engelhardt in 19th (1:21.43), and LeBlanc in 44th (1:31.99).

Brown continues action at Pico Mountain tomorrow morning.

Pictured: Catherine Stewart '13.

Team Results
1.            Brown                         3:53.71
2.            Castleton State            3:55.26
3.            Clarkson                      3:55.71
4.            St. Anselm                   3:56.26
5.            UConn                         4:08.20
6.            UMass                         4:14.44
7.            Smith                          4:35.52
8.            Babson                        4:36.93
9.            MIT                             4:47.80

Top 10 Individuals
1.            Caitlin Forbes, St. Anselm                        1:15.04
2.            Frances Robertson, Babson                      1:15.38
3.            Ali Spencer, Castleton State                     1:16.68          
4.            Nika Mosenthal, Brown                            1:16.83
5.            Lily Eriksen, Smith                                  1:17.31
6.            Katie Liebowitz, Brown                            1:17.98
7.            Simona Croccolo, Castleton State             1:18.32
               Taylor Manderson, Clarkson                     1:18.32
9.            Ashley Yoviene, Clarkson                         1:18.60
10.            Kelsey Bresnan, UConn                          1:18.65