Jan. 18, 2004
The Brown ski team opened up the 2004 season at the UMass/Smith Carnival this weekend, finishing third overall in both the slalom and giant slalom with totals of 215.85 and 286.59 points respectively. Umass placed first in both events while Colby-Sawyer took second. The Bears nearly edged out Colby for the second place spot in the giant slalom, finishing just one-tenth behind.
"We skied extremely well despite some tough weather conditions that effected our training. It was a tremendous team effort since some of our team veterans had some falls and our younger squad members stepped it up for us," said Head Coach Karen Finocchio.
Freshman Kelly O'Hear (Port Colborne, ONT) made a huge debut for Brown, placing first overall in the giant slalom with a time of 1:31.59. O'Hear started at the 44th spot but slide her way down to the top spot, earning a huge victory for the team. In the slalom, O'Hear was equally impressive, placing second overall with a time of 1:08.33.
Nina DiBona (Waterville Valley, NH) was another freshman stand-out for the Bears as she finished 12th overall from a 65th place start in the slalom. "This young squad has really come in and made a dramactic impact on this team already," said Finocchio.
Also placing in the top 20 for Brown in the slalom was freshman Janet Marley-Mauzy (Westport, CT), who came in 18th. She was followed by sophomore Stephanie Breakstone (Sparta, NJ) in 19th place. Sophomore Caitlin Stanton (Hanover, NH) also had a successful run, finishing 23rd overall. In the giant slalom, sophomore Hilary Swaffield (Wolfeboro, NH) came away with a remarkable seventh place finish, timing in at 1:35.97. Stanton placed 17th in the giant slalom with a time of 1:39.03, giving the Bears three top 20 finishers.
Breakstone closely followed with a 21st place effort while Marley-Mauzy went from a 64th place start to finish 24th overall in 1:42.36. Senior captain Molly Sheinberg (Woddcliff Lake, NJ) made a valiant return to the slopes, bouncing back from an injury to finish in 1:44.49.
The Bears will return to action next weekend at the Plymouth State Carnival. "This is the deepest and fastest sqaud Brown has ever had. This weekend was just the beginning for them and what they can accomplish this season. It will be really exciting to see how they do next week," adds Finocchio.