University of Vermont may not have won every EISA Carnival this season, but this weekend, they were able to keep their EISA championship streak alive, winning for the sixth year in a row. The Catamounts’ win was thanks to victories from both their Nordic and alpine skiers, who all worked in conjunction to push them over the top.
In the women’s slalom, UVM’s Laurence St. Germain won her third straight EISA slalom by more than two seconds. The second best skier of the day was Plymouth State University’s Freydis Einarsdotter followed by Dartmouth’s Kelly Moore, who completed the podium.
On the men’s side, the host school’s golden boy found the top spot. Rob Cone of Middlebury dominated the slalom over Vermont’s Bobby Farrell. Brian McLaughlin of Dartmouth at the USST N-UNI Team skied to third place. Following the slalom day, Dartmouth was leading the team standings, but Vermont did not back down.
William St. Germain won his first EISA giant slalom of the year to lead UVM to another victory in the GS team standings. Cone followed in second while UVM’s Sandy Vietze, also of the N-UNI Team, finished third, making an impressive jump from bib 23. For the women, Moore returned to the podium, winning by nearly a second. Colby College’s Sierra Leavitt and Mardi Haskell followed in second and third, respectively.
Of course, UVM’s victory would not have been secured without the impressive performances on their Nordic team, which nearly swept both podiums in the classic races at the Rikert Tourning Center on the final day of racing. The only person to break it? Annie Pokorny of Middlebury, who used home field advantage to best the four UVM skiers who took second through fifth place in the 5k skate.
With the EISA season complete, the top Eastern athletes will head to Steamboat Springs, Colo., for NCAA Championships March 9-12.
Full results are available here.
Cover photo from UVM Athletics