Feb. 2, 2004
Loon Mountain, NH - The Brown ski team placed second in the giant slalom and sixth in the slalom at its own carnival over the weekend at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire. The Bears were just edged out by UMass, which took the top spot in the giant slalom with a total time of 312:21. Brown finished just over a second behind with a 313.97.
In the slalom on Saturday, Brown was able to fight and cling on to a sixth place finish after its top two skiers were disqualified.
"We had some difficult weather with very cold temperatures and the competition was very tight," said Head Coach Karen Finnonchio.. Despite the tough competition, the Bears had two top 15 finishers in freshman Janet Marley-Mauzy (Westport, CT) and sophomore Hilary Swaffield (Wolfeboro, NH).
"On Sunday in the giant slalom, we were able to turn it around with a whole-hearted effort, placing four in the top 15," added Finnonchio.
In the giant slalom competition, freshman Kelly O'Hear (Port Colborne, ONT) continued her dominance with a second place in the giant slalom. O'Hear was able to bounce back from a mistake on her first run and won the second with a time of 1:42.75.
Freshman Nina DiBona (Waterville Valley, NH) had another great run for the Bears, placing sixth overall in the giant slalom with a time of 1:45.59.
Swaffield followed up a 15th place finish in the slalom on Saturday with a seventh place finish on Sunday in the giant slalom with a time of 1:45.63. Mauzy had the biggest move of the day, going from a 51st place start to a 13th place finish in the giant slalom with a time of 1:47.66.
In the slalom, Mauzy was the Bears top finisher, placing ninth overall with a time a season-best time of 1:57.99. Swaffield timed in at 2:00.97 in her 15th place finish. Stanton had the best run of her career, placing 16th with a time of 2:03.51.
In other slalom results, sophomore Jamie Johnson (North Kingstown, RI) placed 23rd with a time of 2:06.36. Sophomore Casey Schwarz (Portsmouth, NH) placed 39th with a time of 2:28.15 and Tunney finished 40th overall from a 92nd place start with a time of 2:30.32.
Brown will return to the slopes next weekend at the Boston College Carnival in Ascutney Mountain, VT.