The Brown ski team closed out the regular season at the Colby-Sawyer/St. Anselem Carnival in Pat's Peak, NH on Friday and Saturday. The Bears placed second behind Boston College in the slalom and giant slalom races as the team readies itself for post season competition.
"I was very pleased with the team's performance this weekend. They have proven themselves as a top contender for post season events," said Head Coach Karen Finocchio. "The team has learned that their collective effort gains them tremedous results. I am excited to see how the team steps up as they move into Regionals and Nationals."
In the slalom, the Bears timed in at 357.32 as a team. Individually, freshman Kelly O'Hare won the event with a time of 1:57.55. Fellow freshman Nina DiBona finished second for the Bears and fifth overall in 1:59.11.
Sophomore Hilary Swaffield came through next with a tenth overall finish in 2:00.66. Sophomore Stephanie Breakstone finished 15th overall with a time of 2:03.40. "Stephanie had another breakthrough slalom result on Saturday. She made strong adjustments in her second run and finished with one of her best slalom results of the season," said Finocchio.
Sophomore Caitlin Stanton finished 24th overall in 2:05.06. Placing 25th overall was freshman Janet Marley-Mauzy in a time of 2:05.78. "Janet has raised her performance tremendously. Her efforts in training are showing in her race results. She is definitely on the upswing as we move into post season," added Finicchio.
In the giant slalom, Brown finished with a total time of 324.68 for second place. DiBona had another big finish for the Bears, placing first for Brown and second overall with a 1:44.93. Also placing in the top ten was Swaffield with a time of 1:49.23.
Marley-Mauzy was third for Brown and 13th overall with a 1:50.52. Rounding out Brown's four top 15 finishers was Breakstone with a 1:50.88. Stanton was 24th overall with a time of 1:57.62.
With the regular season behind them, the Bears stand in second place with 24 points behind UMass, which has 22 points on the season, in the MacConnell Division standings. Brown In the individual standings, O'Hare is second overall while DiBona and Swaffield are fifth and ninth overall.
"For a program to have three girls in the top 10 of the individual standing is remarkable," says Finicchio. "The women's team is really starting to gel together. Their results over the past couple weekends reflect how talented this squad is." "With some gliches, the women's team secured a solid second in the division. The team has started to connect fast runs. When this happens, it is an absolute pleasure to watch this team. They are true competitors. I am excited to see their efforts in post season," adds Finicchio.
Team Slalom Results:
1-Boston College 356.37
2-Brown University 357.32
1st Kelly O'Hear 1:57.55
5th Nina DiBona 1:59.11
10th Hilary Swaffield 2:00.66
15th Stephanie Breakstone 2:03.40
24th Caitlin Stanton 2:05.06
25th Janet Marley Mauzy 2:05.78
28th Jamie Johnson 2:07.86
42nd Casey Schwarz 2:16.49
50th Tara Tunney 2:26.58
Giant Slalom Team Results:
1 Boston College 319.44
2 Brown University 324.68
MacConnell Division Overall Team Results
1 UMass 22 (total points)
2 Brown 24 (total points)