Skiing squads register second straight seventh-place finish, Alpine puts four in top 20

Skiing squads register second straight seventh-place finish, Alpine puts four in top 20

LYME, N.H./CRAFTSBURY COMMON, Vt. - Four Saint Michael's College Alpine skiers finished among the top 20, as the Alpine and Nordic skiing squads combined to take seventh among 15 schools when the Dartmouth College Carnival came to a conclusion on Saturday. With 425 points, the Purple Knights held off eighth-place Bates College (413) and claimed a second consecutive seventh-place showing after having never placed as high during the modern era of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) until last weekend.

The University of Vermont won the carnival with 900 points, as Alpine races took place at Dartmouth Skiway, while the Nordic events moved to the Craftsbury Outdoor Center. As a team, the Saint Michael's Alpine squad placed fourth during the weekend (311), edging out Colby College (288) and the University of New Hampshire (279). On Saturday, the men placed third in the slalom (88) behind only Vermont and Middlebury College, while the women were sixth (73), narrowly trailing Bates (75) and Middlebury (77).

Sophomore Guillaume Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée Général Ferrié) was fourth in the men's slalom with a two-run combined time of 1:38.41, leaving him 0.17 seconds short of his fourth straight podium in the discipline. It marked his 19th top-10 finish during an EISA carnival in 20 career starts.

Junior Mathias Grimsrud (Stabekk, Norway/Donski Alpine) was 12th at 1:40.79, just 0.38 seconds away from the top 10, and first-year Colby Jordan (Charlotte, Vt./Mount Mansfield Winter Academy) placed 28th at 1:44.26, moving up 16 spots from the placement following his first run. Sophomore Tristan McInnis (Holladay, Utah/Rowland Hall) took 32nd in 1:45.51, improving 12 positions and coming within 0.45 seconds of 30th place and NCAA points.

First-year Emilia Laffin (Chamonix, France/Lycée du Mont-Blanc René Dayve) had a career-high 13th-place showing in the slalom at 1:44.44, improving nine spots from her morning trek, and junior Meggane Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée des métiers Ambroise Croizat) tied for 20th in 1:45.24. First-year Anna Willassen (Jar, Norway/Persbråten VGS) was 26th in 1:48.21, and classmate Megan Ahearn (Ringwood, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy) nabbed 30th place in a time of 1:49.57.

During the men's Nordic 10K classic race, sophomore Liam Schmelzle (Saint Louis Park, Minn./Saint Louis Park) took 43rd at 30:01.7 to edge out senior Torin La Liberte (Madison, N.H./Kennett), who crossed the finish line 45th in 30:03.9. Sophomore Aaron Deeter (Truckee, Calif./Tahoe Truckee) was 60th in 31:44.0.

The women's 5K classic saw two Purple Knights apiece on each other's heels, including sophomore Amy Duclos (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) taking 47th at 17:41.5 just ahead of junior Emma Barnes (Amherst, Wis./Amherst), the 48th-place finisher in 17:41.6. Senior Julia Snyder (Fairfax, Vt./BFA-Fairfax) placed 62nd in 19:03.2, while first-year Aimee Sala (Carrabassett Valley, Maine/Kents Hill School) was 63rd in 19:03.5.

Both teams are back in Vermont next weekend when the two-day Middlebury College Carnival begins on Friday at 9:30 a.m.