Bears Finish USCSA National Championships in Fifth

March 16, 2006

SUGARLOAF, ME- The Brown women's skiing team finished the 2006 USCSA National Championships in fifth place with a total of 12 points, after finishing the Giant Slalom in third, the highest finish in the Giant Slalom at this year's Championships for an East Coast team, and the Slalom in ninth.

In Wednesday's Giant Slalom, Brown was led by junior Kelly O'Hear (Niagara Falls, NY), who finished in sixth place with a time of 2:20.96, just .03 off of fifth place. She actually made a huge mistake in the first run and was in 16th place after that run. However, she skied a fast second run to place second in that run and move into sixth place overall, while earning All-American honors. Sophomore Mallory Taub (Waitsfield, VT) finished in 17th place with a time of 2:24.46, while sophomore Sophie Elgort (New York, NY) took 23rd with a time of 2:26.00.

In Friday's Slalom, O'Hear and junior Janet Marley-Mauzy (Westport, CT) both fell in their second run. Freshman Anna Bengtson was Brown's top finisher with a time of 2:05.91, finishing in 26th, while Elgort finished in 28th with a time of 2:06.65. Senior Jamie Johnson (North Kingstown, RI), who had Brown's third time used in computing a team score, also fell. However, she was able to get back up and finish her run to save Brown's team score. If she had not gotten back up and finished, the Bears would most likely have finished in 10th place overall instead of fifth.

Brown also had five All-Academic Award recipients, including O'Hear, Johnson, Taub, Bengtson, and Elgort.