Saint Michael's takes 10th at EISA Championship, buoyed by four top-21 showings

NEWRY, Maine/RUMFORD, Maine - The Saint Michael's College skiing team placed 10th among 17 squads when the season-ending, two-day Bates College Carnival came to an end on Saturday. The competition, which was also the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Championship and the NCAA East Regional Championship, had its Alpine races contested at Sunday River, while the Nordic portion was at Black Mountain. The Purple Knights totaled 287 points, while the University of Vermont won the carnival with 939.5.

The men's Alpine team finished fifth among 13 squads thanks to a trio of top-21 finishes in the slalom. First-year Brad Farrell (West Windsor, Vt./Sharon Academy) tied for 12th with a two-run total time of 2:01.93, clocking in just 0.50 seconds short of the 10th-place skier. Junior Carl-Oscar Bredengen (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) tied for 14th in 2:01.95, turning in the sixth-best second run of the competition (1:00.88) to improve from 30th after the morning session. Bredengen's placement was the second best of his career.

Sophomore Fredrik Sandell (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) placed 21st in 2:03.44 and, thanks to the points he accrued during the six regular-season carnivals, learned he has qualified for the NCAA Championship for the second straight season. As just the third Purple Knight to qualify for the NCAA Championship multiple times, Sandell is the second Saint Michael's skier set to compete as both a first-year and a sophomore, joining four-time qualifier Keith Farnand '00. The national meet will be hosted by Middlebury College, with the Alpine races being contested on March 6 and 8, as the Purple Knights will be represented for the fourth time in five years.

During the women's slalom, first-year Nicole Cordingley (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) placed 41st in 2:13.39 after starting 62nd. Senior Gabbi Hall (San Anselmo, Calif./Forest Charter School) was 49th in her final college race, at 2:17.48, and junior Shannon Conroy (Auburn, Calif./Home Schooled) took 51st at 2:19.15.

In the Nordic events, senior Colin Delaney (Lake Placid, N.Y./National Sports Academy) was the lone Purple and Gold male to compete in the 15K freestyle mass start, as he capped his career by placing 21st in 39:31.5 to post his best finish since taking ninth during the Williams College Carnival's 10K freestyle on Feb. 20, 2010.

Sophomore Chloe Boutelle (Saratoga Springs, N.Y./Saratoga Springs) was 45th in the women's 10K freestyle mass start, at 32:38.7, while junior Silke Hynes (Burlington, Ontario/Milton District) and senior Katlyn Keane (Bethel, Maine/Telstar Regional) were the next two Purple Knights to cross the finish line.