Sandell grabs third in slalom, helps men's Alpine skiing place third at UVM Carnival

STOWE, Vt. - Sophomore Fredrik Sandell (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) took third in the slalom during a drizzly second day of the University of Vermont Carnival on Saturday, as the Saint Michael's College Alpine skiing team finished ninth among 13 institutions at the Stowe Mountain Resort. The Purple Knights have 192.5 points heading into the Nordic portion of the carnival, which is slated for Feb. 2-3 at the Trapp Family Lodge.

Sandell placed third out of 78 starters in the slalom thanks to a time of 1:47.31. Junior Carl-Oscar Bredengen (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) tied for 15th in 1:50.90, which left him just 0.77 seconds shy of the top 10. First-year Brad Farrell (West Windsor, Vt./Sharon Academy) had the ninth-fastest opening run (54.19) en route to a 17th-place finish. His two-run combined time was 1:55.97.

The trio's performance combined to give the men 91.5 points in the event, good for third place and short of only Colby College (102.5) and the University of New Hampshire (104).

Senior Gabbi Hall (San Anselmo, Calif./Forest Charter School) moved up four spots following her opening slalom run to take 27th among 72 starters in 2:00.10. First-years Alicia Riley (Pittsford, N.Y./Stratton Mountain School) and Mary Joyce (Long Beach, N.Y./Sacred Heart Academy) both improved six spots after the day's first run to nab 41st and 42nd, respectively.

The Alpine squad will join Nordic during its season debut next Friday and Saturday at the Saint Lawrence University Carnival. The Alpine portion of the meet will occur at Whiteface Mountain, while the Nordic races are slated to be contested at Mount Van Hoevenberg.