Skiing Rebounds with Giant Slalom Win at Gunstock; Takes Fourth in Slalom at Blackwater

GUNSTOCK, NH/BLACKWATER, NH - A week after taking ninth in the giant slalom races at Waterville Valley due to several crashes, the Brown women's skiing team rebounded with a win at Gunstock Mountain on Friday, January 29th. The Bears raced again on Saturday, taking fourth place in the slalom, which was held at Blackwater Mountain. Following the weekend, Brown remains in fourth place in the overall MacConnell Division standings with 28 points. Plymouth State leads with 19 points and is following by Colby Sawyer (21) and BC (23).

In Friday's giant slalom, the Bears had a total time of 259.33, 1.35 ahead of second place Plymouth State. Brown was dominant, with two skiers finishing in the top five, and two more finishing in the 11-15 range. Sophomore Kia Mosenthal (Plymouth, NH) led the team with a two-run time of 1:25.88 to finish in second place. He second-run time of 42.19 actually led all skiers, while her total time was just .07 behind the winner. Sophomore Emily Simmons (Buffalo, NY) was second for the Bears, taking fifth place with a two-run total of 1:26.39.

Junior Krista Consiglio (Bethany, CT) rounded out the scorers for Brown in 11th place with a total time of 1:27.06. Freshman Catherine Stewart (Stratton, VT) also had a strong day for the Bears, taking 15th place with a two-run time of 1:28.47. Senior Elisa Handbury (Sydney, Australia) also finished her race, earning 33rd with a total time of 1:30.96.

The Bears claimed fourth place in Saturday's slalom with a total time of 276.58. Mosenthal was again Brown's top finisher, taking fourth place with a total time of 1:30.71. Consiglio tied for 8th place as the Bears' second finisher with a time of 1:31.86. Handbury earned Brown's third-best time, 1:34.01, which was good for 17th place. Simmons (25th place - 1:35.78), Stewart (31st place - 1:37.14), and freshman Therice Morris (Raleigh, NC) (51st place - 1:57.44) also finished for the Bears.

Brown returns to action this weekend, February 6-7, when it takes part in the BC/Brown Carnival to be held at Wildcat Mountain. Giant slalom races are slated for Saturday, while the slalom is scheduled for Sunday.