Bears Take Second at USCSA National Championships

March 16, 2005

McCALL, ID - The Brown women's skiing team posted its highest finish ever at the USCSA National Championships, finishing tied for second overall with Colby Sawyer College, each earning five points. Sierra Nevada College won the Championships with two points.

Brown started the event with a third place finish in the Giant Slalom, behind Sierra Nevada and Colby Sawyer. Sophomore Kelly O'Hear (Niagara Falls, NY) was in second place after her first run, but crashed her second run. Junior Hilary Swaffield (Wolfeboro, NH) skied to the sixth spot as Brown's top finisher with a time of 1:58.93, while sophomore Janet Marley-Mauzy (Westport, CT) earned a 15th place finish with a time of 2:01.63. Both Swaffield and Marley-Mauzy earned All-American honors for their efforts. Freshman Sophie Elgort stepped up for Brown after crashes by O'Hear and freshman Mallory Taub (Waitsfield, VT), earning 25th place with a time of 2:03.44, skiing a very fast second run to hold onto third place for the Bears.

In the Slalom on Friday, O'Hear finished third with a time of 1:31.08, taking the best-ever finish for a Brown athlete at the USCSA Nationals. Elgort was the second skier for the Bears to finish, taking 17th with a time of 1:36.57, while Swaffield skied into the 19th spot with a time of 1:36.93. Marley-Mauzy took 23rd with a time of 1:37.39, while junior Jamie Johnson (North Kingstown, RI) posted 29th with a time of 1:38.59, as all five Brown skiers finished in the top 30. Brown finished the Slalom in second place, Brown's best-ever finish, behind Sierra Nevada, and followed by Colby Sawyer in third, and UMass in fourth.

In total, Brown earned five All-American Awards, Marley-Mauzy with two (Giant Slalom and combined), Swaffield with two (Giant Slalom and combined), and O'Hear with one (slalom). Brown also had four Academic All-Americans, as Elgort, O'Hear, Swaffield, and Taub all earned Academic All-American honors.