July 29, 2008

Bears Finish USCSA National Championships in Ninth

March 10, 2008

SUNDAY RIVER, ME - The Brown women's skiing team finished the 2008 USCSA National Championships in ninth place with a total of 17 points, after finishing the giant slalom in 11th and the slalom in sixth. Freshman Blaine Martin (Salt Lake City, UT) was Brown's top overall finisher, earning a 29th-place finish in the giant slalom and a 21st-place finish in the slalom to place 17th overall and earn Second Team All-America honors (combined).

Martin's total two-run time of 2:46.57 led the Bears in the giant slalom (29th place), while senior Meaghan Casey (Bristol, CT) posted a two-run time of 2:49.85 to come in 38th. Freshman Krista Consiglio (Bethany, CT) was Brown's third skier to figure into the team standings, after posting a two-run time of 3:01.89 to finish in 63rd.

Brown turned things around in the slalom, as its top three skiers were all in the top 22. Consiglio led the Bears with a two-run time of 1:56.90 to finish in eighth place, earning Second Team All-America honors in the slalom. Martin was next for Brown, posting a two-run time of 1:58.58, good for 21st and just missing Second Team All-America honors, while sophomore Elisa Handbury (Sydney, Australia) was right behind Martin in 22nd with a two-run time of 1:58.63. Senior Sophie Elgort (New York, NY) also had a strong performance, earning a total time of 2:02.60 to finish in 28th, while Casey finished with a two-run time of 2:05.29 to place 34th.

Brown also had three USCSA All-Academic honorees, including Casey, Elgort, and junior Anna Bengtson (St. Johnsbury, VT).