WATERVILLE VALLEY, NH – The Brown women's ski team competed at Waterville Valley over the weekend and came away with mixed results on the weekend. The Bears won Saturday's slalom event, as the top four skiers were all in the top 17, including three who were in the top five. In the giant slalom the next day, Brown sat in first place after the first run with its top four skiers all in the top 12. However, the Bears' aggressive style of skiing backfired in the second run, as only one athlete, senior Krista Consiglio (Bethany, CT), finished in the top 30. Fortunately, the Bears did have four skiers finish both of their runs, as the team finished in 7th place for the day.
Highlighting Saturday's slalom were races by Consiglio and junior Kia Mosenthal (Plymouth, NH), who claimed 2nd and 3rd overall. Consiglio had runs of 43.40 (2nd) and 46.68 (6th) for a total time of 1:32.08 (2nd), while Mosenthal had runs of 44.05 (3rd) and 48.04 (2nd) for a total time of 1:32.09 (3rd). Rookie Emma Leblanc (Darien, CT) was also strong in both runs, earning a time of 44.38 (7th) in the first run and a time of 48.51 (4th) in the second run for a total time of 1:32.89 (5th), as Brown's top three finishers were all in the top five overall.
Junior Emily Simmons (Buffalo, NY) was also consistent in both of her runs, placing 17th overall to help Brown secure the win. She posted times of 46.38 (21st) and 50.02 (17th) for a total time of 1:36. 40. The win temporarily moved Brown into third place in the season standings with 15 points, two shy of second place Plymouth State, and one ahead of fouth place Colby Sawyer.
Brown started strong the next day, holding onto first place after the first run, as four skiers all finished in the top-12. Consiglio's 1:02.64 (2nd) and Leblanc's 1:02.88 (4th) led the way, while Mosenthal posted a time of 1:03.26 (7th) and freshman Maria Mastanduno (Hanover, NH) posted a time of 1:03.82 (12th) to help lead the Bears. Sophomore Catherine Stewart (Stratton, VT) and freshman Ellen Richardson earned times of 1:06.99 and 1:08.02, respectively, to finish in 37th and 44th.
For the second run, the order starts with the 30th position and works backwards towards first place, before jumping to the 31st position and working up to the final skier. Things didn't start well for Brown, as Mastanduno crashed in the second run and didn't finish. Next up for Brown, was Mosenthal, who also crashed, but was able to complete her run, finishing with a total two-run time of 2:26.81. Leblanc was next for Brown, but unfortunately her ski binding pre-released during the run, causing a crash and a DNF.
Consiglio then got Brown back on track, skiing a time of 1:04.99 (3rd) to finish second overall with a two-run time of 2:07.63. For Brown to place where it did, the final two skiers for the Bears needed to finish with clean runs, as the top four skiers for each team count in the team standings. Both Stewart and Richardson were able to finish, posting times of 1:10.26 and 1:11.33, respectively, to finish in 33rd (2:17.25) and 39th (2:19.35).
Brown continues action on January 28th and 29th when it travels to Gunstock Mountain (GS) and Blackwater (S) for two more races.