January 29, 2008

Consiglio Continues Fast Start, Winning Both Races at Waterville Valley

Jan. 29, 2008

Waterville Valley, NH - The Brown women's skiing team competed at Waterville Valley over the weekend at the Plymouth State Carnival, skiing the slalom on Saturday and the giant slalom on Sunday. The Bears took fourth in the giant slalom and fifth in the slalom. Freshman Krista Consiglio (Bethany, CT) who continued the fast start to her collegiate career with two more wins over the weekend. In six races so far, she has won three of them, finished second in two of them, and ninth in the sixth. With four more races in the regular season, Brown currently stands in fourth place in the MacConnell Division with 23 points, four points behind third place.

During Saturday's slalom, the Consiglio posted a time of 1:34.09 on a very difficult hill, finishing one second ahead of the second place finisher. Senior Sophie Elgort (New York, NY) also had a solid day, finishing in 14th with a time of 1:39.36, while sophomore Elisa Handbury (Sydney, Australia) was 16th with a time of 1:39.48. Senior Mallory Taub (Waitsfield, VT) posted Brown's fourth time to count towards the team score with a time of 1:50.75, good for 36th place. The Bears probably could have finished higher in the team standings, but junior Anna Bengtson (St. Johnsbury, VT) and senior Meaghan Casey (Bristol, CT) both fell. Bengtson fell in her first run, but posted a time of 51.64 in her second run to finish in 40th (1:56.63), but Casey did not finish her second run and didn't place. Rounding out the Bears' finishers was senior Kimberly Casten (Manhattan Beach, CA) with a time of 2:00.92 (49th) and junior Tsveta Krumova (Sofia, Bulgaria) with a time of 2:17.76 (60th).

Consiglio again led Brown on Sunday, winning the giant slalom with a time of 2:20.12, just over two seconds faster than the second place finisher. Bengtson rebounded from Saturday's crash in the slalom and skied a fast second run to finish in 14th overall with a total time of 2:24.33. Elgort was third for the Bears, finishing in 24th with a time of 2:25.50, while Handbury had Brown's fourth time, finishing in 34th with a time of 2:29.52. Casey (2:30.75), Taub (2:31.01), Casten (2:32.29) and Krumova (2:58.81) finished in 38th, 39th, 43rd, and 63rd, respectively.