Skiing Wins First Carnival of Season with Victories in Two Slalom Races

PICO MOUNTAIN, VERMONT – Led by senior Kia Mosenthal (Plymouth, NH), who won a slalom race on Friday and finished second on Saturday, the Brown skiing team opened its 2012 season with a pair of wins in two slalom races held at Pico Mountain, as part of the Castleton Carnival.

Mosenthal led all skiers on Friday, posting a two-run time of 1:37.70, as Brown had four skiers place in the top 10 overall. Sophomore Maria Mastanduno (Hanover, NH) was fifth overall, earning a total time of 1:41.41, while freshman Nika Mosenthal (Plymouth, NH) posted a total time of 1:42.71 to finish seventh overall. Junior Catherine Stewart (Stratton, VT) rounded out Brown's top four skiers with a time of 1:43.04, good for ninth overall. Brown's fifth skier to count in the team standings was sophomore Emma Leblanc (Darien, CT), who earned a time of 2:13.38 and finished 51st overall. Though she was not factored into the total team time, junior Sasha Sassoon (London, England) was 25th overall with a time of 1:49.56.

In Saturday's race, Kia Mosenthal was second overall, posting a two-run time of 1:16.77. Leblanc also finished in the top-10, earning a time of 1:18.64 to finish in ninth place. Brown's final three skiers to factor into the team time were Stewart (13th – 1:19.77), Mastanduno (16th – 1:20.28), and Nika Mosenthal (17th – 1:21.65). Freshman Amanda Engelhardt (West Campton, NH) also had a strong race, earning 27th with a total time of 1:25.28.

Final Team Standings Friday
1)   Brown             5:01.82
2)   St. Anselm            5::07.32
3)   UMass                        5:11.74
4)   UConn                        5:14.29
5)   Castleton            5:20.25
6)   Clarkson            5:24.21
7)   Babson            5:27.51
8)   Smith                        5:33.59
9)   MIT                        6:02.67

Final Team Standings Saturday
1)   Brown             3:55.18
2)   St. Anselm            4:03.34
3)   UMass                        4:05.40
4)   UConn                        4:06.84
5)   Clarkson            4:17.33
6)   Castleton            4:19.80
7)   Smith                        4:28.20
8)   MIT                        4:45.54
9)   Babson            5:21.46