The second NCAA EISA Carnival took place this week in Stowe. The annual University of Vermont Carnival featured strong skiing on both sides, notably from Middlebury, UVM, and Dartmouth.

The UVM Carnival brings out the best in EISA’s technical skiers with the GS on Spruce Peak. It’s a steep and technical hill, and the women, as always, ran first.

“The conditions were pretty good and much better than we’ve had lately with all the new snow variable temperatures, so it was great to get on some hard snow,” remarks Patricia Mangan (DAR).

From the start, the Catamounts took full advantage of their home hill dominating the first runs in the GS. Marina Vilanova (UVM) took the lead with a time of 1:07.53. Close behind was Dartmouth’s Claire Thomas with 1:07.84, and Patricia Mangan (DAR) in fourth with 1:08.23.  Fifth place’s Josefine Selvaag (UVM) was not far off pace of a podium result after a first run time of 1:08.52.

Claire Thomas skier. Photo: Flying Point/Steve Fuller

Going into the second run the UVM and Dartmouth women battled it out for the top steps of the podium. Mangan came blistering down with the fastest second run time of 1:07.17 moving into the lead, but Vilanova was able to have a speedy second run to keep her lead with a combined time of 02:16.14. Mangan right behind with a 2:16.40. Dartmouth teammate Claire Thomas took third, and UVM’s Selvaag claimed fourth overall.

“We’ve got an awesome team and everyone pushes and helps each other on the boys and the girls team. It’s nice to be part of and I’m excited for the rest of the season,” said Mangan on the performance by Dartmouth.

As a team the UVM women showed their talent placing three in the top six winning the GS race on their home hill with 128 points. Dartmouth was close behind with 121 points.

Second run, Drew Duffy had a very quick run of 1:05.79 moving him from fourth to first, awaiting Arvidsson’s second run. Arvidsson did not disappoint coming down with a second run time of 1:06.33, enough to keep the overall lead, winning the UVM GS with a combined time of 2:12.62. Duffy claimed second just two hundredths off the gold, and Patrick Kenney, last weeks GS winner, moved from fifth into third. Alkier took home fourth. The Middlebury men won the men’s GS with 122 points, UNH took second and Dartmouth claimed third.

For the men, it was the Middlebury and UNH teams that were neck and neck. Out of the gate Middlebury’s Erik Arvidsson and Justin Alkier took the top two spots with times of 1:06.29 and 1:06.53. Looking to overtake them was UVM’s Lindstoel and Dartmouth’s Duffy.

“I am super proud of where our team is at. Everyday of training is fun and loose but super competitive. The atmosphere pushes all of us to ski our best. Geaux Panthers,” comments Arvidsson on Middlebury’s GS success.

UVM Carnival Slalom

Day two of the UVM Carnival once again brought out the technical skiers. The slalom is long and steep, which tests the endurance of the EISA athletes.

“Stowe is one of the more difficult venues on the circuit and the deterioration of the snow only added to the challenge,” said Lucia Bailey (MIDD) on the slalom race conditions.

The first three skiers on the men’s side, laid down the top three fastest runs. After first run UVM’s Lindstoel sat in first with a 53.99. In second was previous day’s GS champion Erik Arvidsson with a 54.18, and in third was Middlebury panther Tim Gavett with a 54.25. Close behind in fourth was Domonoske (DAR) and Duffy (DAR). 

Middlebury’s Justin Alkier skied down with a blistering second run time of 53.33 after having the 10th fastest first run. UVM’s Mathias Tefre similarly came down with the fast second run of 53.95 moving up from seventh. UVM’s Lindstoel was able to stay in reach of a podium finish with a 55.21 second run. Alkier took home his first collegiate win with a combined time of 1:48.69, Tefre took second, and Lindstoel moved from first to third for the bronze.

“It was a weird day for me, I held back first run and came into 10th. Second run I knew the speed was there I just wanted to push the line and it paid off. The alpine and Nordic teams are pushing each other hard in training and we’re all hungry to win carnivals as a team. Geaux Panthers,” said Alkier on his victory.

As a team the UVM men won overall with 121 points, Dartmouth took second, and Middlebury took third.

Skier Ali Nullmeyer. Photo: Flying Point/Steve Fuller

For the women, Middlebury’s Ali Nullmeyer threw down a swift first run to take the lead with a 54.54, almost a second ahead of the field. Middlebury’s Lucia Bailey followed suit taking third after first run and Dartmouth’s Currie and Mangan rounded out the top five respectively. Notable performance by previous Catamount, and now full time US Ski Team member was Paula Moltzan in second. 

In the second run Nullmeyer and Moltzan showed their slalom skills with Moltzan winning second run and overall with a combined time of 1:51.75.  Nullmeyer was just four hundredths off Moltzan. The two slalom phenoms outpaced the rest of the field by nearly 2.5 seconds overall.  Dartmouth’s Patricia Mangan took third and Middlebury’s Lucia Bailey in fourth. 

“I am proud of the team for living up to the challenge and punching in some spectacular results with a first college career win by Jusitn Alkier! We are more fired up than ever to bring some heat into next weekend,” comments Bailey on Middlebury’s great weekend.

For team scores, Middlebury women won overall with 127 points, UVM came in second and Colby College in third.

Following this weeks carnival the overall team scores for Nordic and Alpine combined put UVM on top for the second week in a row with 903 points, Middlebury in second, and Dartmouth in third.

The Carnival season continues next week at Sugarloaf for the Colby Carnival January 31st-February 1st.

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Sierra Ryder
- A San Francisco Bay Area native and Bates College graduate, Sierra Ryder has ski raced all over the country starting in the West growing up skiing on The Squaw Valley Ski Team, and then back East on the EISA NCAA circuit. Sierra is a proud Bates Bobcat and is grateful to have skied carnivals for four years serving as a captain for the Bates ski team her senior year. She now resides in San Francisco where she works for the CBS San Francisco News affiliate KPIX5. When she is not working you can find her running on Crissy field or skiing at Squaw.
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