Bears Break Records in First Carnival

Jan. 20, 2003

The Brown University Women's Skiing Team competed in its first carnival of the season at Berkshire East in Greenfield, MA. The Carnival was hosted by UMASS-Amherst and Smith College. The Bears came in fifth place in the slalom with the third, fourth, and fifth places being decided by less than a second and a half.

Brown was led by senior captain and three-time All-American Doria DiBona (Waterville, NH) who recorded an eighth place finish as junior Molly Sheinberg (Woodcliff Lake, NJ) came in ninth. Senior Adrienne Jones (Bristol, VT) found herself with a 17th.

The freshmen class showed their skills grabbing 16th, 18th and 21st place finishes in the slalom. Stephanie Breakstone (Sparta, NJ) led the rookie class coming in 16th as Hillary Swaffield (Wolfeboro, NH) grabbed 18th and Caitlin Stanton (Hanover, NH) finished 21st.

The Bears then went on to compete in the giant slalom where they place second behind UMASS. Brown was once again led by DiBona who came in third place and Sheinberg who raced her way to a ninth place finish. Jones grabbed her second top 20 finish of the day coming in 19th.

The freshmen trio of Stanton, 13th, Swaffield, 14th, and Breakstone, 15th helped the Bears record five skiers in the top 15. This is the first time that five Brown Skiers have come in the top 15 in Brown Skiing history. "I am really excited to see what happens and where this team takes the level of Brown skiing," expressed head coach Karen Finocchio on the improvement of her team's level of play.

The Bears will continue action this weekend, January 25th and 26th at the Plymouth State Carnival in Waterville Valley, NH.