Women's Skiers Qualify for Nationals, Finish 3rd in Eastern Region

Feb. 26, 2002

The Bears placed 3rd in Sunday's slalom and 2nd in Monday's giant slalom, earning the team a 3rd place overall finish.

On Sunday, senior Elizabeth Dibona (Waterville Valley, NH) was the top Brown finisher, placing 6th overall, with a time of 137.50. Junior Doria Dibona came in 9th overall (139.25), while sophomore Molly Sheinberg (Woodcliff, NJ) placed 18th, posting a time of 143.90. Freshman Naomi Sheffield (Skamania, WA) placed 22 (146.36), while Jocelyn Cleary (Westhampton, MA) produced a solid performance, moving from a start position of 81 to a 33rd place finish, recording a time of 151.28.

In Monday's giant slalom, Brown had a solid all around performance, placing 2nd overall. Leading the way was Doria Dibona, who placed 4th overall, recording a time of 139.58. Elizabeth came in 9th overall (141.43), moving from a 33rd start position. Molly Sheinberg placed 15th (142.92).

For overall results, the Bears earned 3rd place, which is the second best finish in school history. Three racers placed in the top 20, including Doria and Elizabeth Dibona, who placed 6th and 7th, respectively. Molly Sheinberg earned a 19th place overall finish.

As the team prepares for Nationals, Coach Finocchio says that her team is confident and ready for the competition. "Looking at the teams that qualified for Nationals from our region, they include teams that we race every single weekend. The regular season has been a strong preparation for the National Tournament."

The Bears will have a strong advantage, as this year's USCSA Nationals will be held at Waterville Valley, NH, Brown's home mountain. The competition runs from Wednesday, March 13-Saturday, March 16 "Since we are at home, competing against many opponents, we've already seen, nothing will be foreign to this team that week. It is time to raise the bar even higher now."

Eastern Regional Championships- Combined Results

1) Boston College 2) UMASS 3) Brown 4) Colby Sawyer 5) Smith 6) Green Mountain College 7) Clarkson 8) Tufts 9) Skidmore 10) Yale 13) Connecticut College 11) Albany 12) Boston University 14) SC 15) RPI 16) Marist

Complete Brown Results

Slalom

Name (Place) Time

E. Dibona (6) 1:37.70 D. Dibona (9) 1:39.25 M. Sheinberg (18) 1:43.90 N. Sheffield (22) 1:46.57 J. Cleary (33) 1:51.14

Giant Slalom

Name (Place) Time

D. Dibona (4) 1:38.52 E. Dibona (9) 1:41.43 M. Sheinberg (15) 1:42.91 N. Sheffiled (16) 1:43.15 J. Cleary (29) 1:48.01