Brown Skiing Claims Third at USCSA National Championships; Earn Highest Finish Since 2005 when Brown was Second

SUNDAY RIVER, ME - The Brown women's skiing team closed out it season with a third place overall finish at the 2010 USCSA National Championships, held at Sunday River, Maine from March 1-6. The third place finish is Brown's highest since the 2005 season when Brown was second, as the Bears were the highest-placing team from the East Coast, finishing behind Westminster College and Sierra Nevada College. Brown earned a third place finish in the giant slalom, behind Westminster College and Sierra Nevada College, and was fourth in the slalom, finishing behind Westminster College, Sierra Nevada College, and Boston College.

In Wednesday's giant slalom, the Bears were paced by junior Krista Consiglio (Bethany, CT) and sophomores Kia Mosenthal (Plymouth, NH) and Emily Simmons (Buffalo, NY), while earning a total team time of 438:53, seven seconds behind Westminster College.

Consiglio led the Bears, earning 11th place with a total time of 2:25.82, three seconds off the leader, while Mosenthal finished in 14th with a two-run time of 2:26.43. Simmons earned 16th place, earning a total time of 2:26.48, as Brown was one of just three teams to place its top three skiers in the top-20 overall. Consiglio and Mosenthal both earned Second Team All-America honors in the event. Simmons just missed earning All-America recognition, finishing .06 out of 15th place, the cut-off for All-America honors.

Senior Elisa Handbury (Sydney, Australia) finished 35th out of 108 total finishers with a two-run time of 2:34.05, while freshman Catherine Stewart (Stratton, VT) was 42nd with a two-run time of 2:35.77.

In Friday's slalom, Mosenthal and Consiglio again led the way for Brown, while Handbury was the third skier to finish. Brown's total team time for the event was 343:31, 16 seconds behind the winner. Mosenthal led the way, finishing in ninth place with a time of 1:51.10, less than four seconds behind the winner. Consiglio also finished in the top-15, as the duo both earned Second Team All-America honors, clocking in at 1:51.60. Handbury tied for 35th overall, earning a two-run time of 2:00.61.

Stewart and Simmons also finished both of their runs, as not one of Brown's skiers crashed all weekend. Stewart finished in 39th out of 99 finishers with a total time of 2:01.31, while Simmons was 41st with a two-run time of 2:01.65.

Brown also had four USCSA All-Academic honorees with Mosenthal leading the way with a First Team All-Academic selection. Simmons and Handbury earned Second Team honors, while Consiglio was Honorable Mention All-Academic.

Pictured: Krista Consiglio ’11. Photo by Gil Talbot.