Catamounts maintain comfortable lead after day 1 of SLU Carnival
The University of Vermont backed their NCAA Championship victory of a year ago, as the Catamounts won their home meet at the opening EISA Carnival last week. Now they maintain a commanding lead after day 1 of the SLU (St. Lawrence University) Carnival today (Jan. 18). Vermont leads Dartmouth’s Big Green by 97 points heading into the second and final day of competition with UNH trailing in third, 144 points behind.
The alpine venue in Whiteface, NY experienced déjà vu in the women’s GS, as a pair of UVM All-Americans, Kate Ryley (pictured left) and Kristina Riis-Johannessen went 1,2 for the second week in a row, this time, joined by their fellow Catamount Elli Terwiel, who finished third. Their podium sweep today contributed to 45 of UVM’s 97-point lead over Dartmouth. The 2012 NCAA GS champion Rebecca Nadler showed that she’s in form as well, just missing the podium in fourth.
On the men’s side, Middlebury showed they are in contention, with David Donaldson claiming a victory for the second week in a row, joined on the podium by teammate, Andrew McNealus (pictured right) who finished third. Middlebury’s performance in the men’s GS was not enough though, as UVM exercised their depth to stay 4 points ahead in the men’s alpine portion with Johnathen Nordbotten finishing second, followed by Sean Higgins in fourth, and Dominique Garand in sixth.
The Catamount Nordic team came out in force as well. As a team, they finished second in both the men’s 20K freestyle and women’s 15K freestyle, keeping the point margins small enough for UVM to stay on top. Catamount skiers, Scott Patterson and Anja Gruber both celebrate victories, while four other UVM men, and two women also made it into the top 10. An impressive day for Vermont athletics.
Even more impressive though, was the Dartmouth men, and New Hampshire women. The Big Green celebrated two podium positions with Silas Talbot in second and Scott Lacy third, their efforts joined by another couple of Dartmouth top-tens, with Steven Mangan in fifth and David Sinclair in sixth. Collectively, they earned top men’s nordic team on the day, four points ahead of Vermont. Likewise, the University of New Hampshire women’s team bested the Vermont powerhouse with Anya Bean and Annika Taylor in second and third, and Elizabeth Izzo in fourth. They won the women’s Nordic portion, keeping UNH in podium position as the athletes prepare for day two of competition tomorrow.
– Article and photos from Jeremiah Johnson