February 28, 2006

Bears Take Second Place at ECSC Regionals

Feb. 28, 2006

WATERVILLE VALLEY, NH - After finishing the regular season in fifth place in the Macconnell Division, the Brown women's ski team turned in a strong performance at the ECSC Regionals, earning fourth in the Slalom and winning the Giant Slalom to place second at the Regionals and earn a trip to the USCSA National Championships. Boston College won the Regionals with four points, while Brown had five total points. Plymouth State, Colby Sawyer, and UMass all tied for third with seven total points.

In Saturday's Slalom, Brown was led by junior Kelly O'Hear (Niagara Falls, NY), who took fourth with a time of 1:33.70. Sophomore Sophie Elgort (New York, NY) earned 11th place with a time of 1:37.56, while senior Jamie Johnson (North Kingstown, RI) came in 19th place with a time of 1:41.22.

In Sunday's Giant Slalom, Brown had a four second lead on the first run alone, skiing its fastest of the season and earning first place. After both runs, Brown still held onto nearly a three-second lead, beating second-place UMass by 2.84 seconds. O'Hear won the Giant Slalom, skiing a time of 1:39.52, while Elgort took fifth with a time of 1:42.90. Junior Janet Marley-Mauzy (Westport, CT) earned eight place with a time of 1:43.99, while Johnson was 11th with a time of 1:44.24. Sophomore Mallory Taub (Waitsfield, VT) was also in the top-20 with an 18th-place finish, skiing a time of 1:47.25.

With her fourth place finish in the Slalom and first place finish in the Giant Slalom, O'Hear earned the Overall Title at the Regional Championships, with 150 total points, 40 ahead of the second place finisher. Elgort also had a great weekend, finishing 11th in the Slalom and fifth in the Giant Slalom to earn First Team All-Conference along with O'Hear.

In the other event of the weekend, O'Hear and Johnson traveled to Middlebury on Friday to represent Brown at the NCAA Regional Championships. O'Hear finished in 11th place in the Giant Slalom, narrowly missing a spot at the NCAA National Championships in Steamboat Springs, CO. She was only able to ski the Giant Slalom and at the time had qualified for the National Championships, which no skier from Brown has ever done, and no skier form the ECSC has done in over 10 years. Unfortunately, while she was at Waterville Valley, helping Brown to a second place finish at its own Regional Championship on Saturday and Sunday, O'Hear was bumped back by a Bates skier on Saturday at the Middlebury Slalom. She is currently first alternate and may still get a chance to go to the NCAA National Championships.

The Bears continue action March 7th-12th when they travel to Sugarloaf, ME to compete in the USCSA National Championships.