Feb. 25, 2003
The Brown University Skiing team has set new records for themselves, for Brown, and for the Region. Brown came in second in the ECSC Regional Championships as the Bears finished four women in the top 10 in the slalom which is a new Brown record. Brown then went on to finish five girls in the top 15 in the giant slalom which is a new regional record. Overall Brown recorded six skiers in the top 20, another record broken at Brown.
The Bears were the only team in the Region to place all it's squad members in the top 20 overall. "This team's efforts are only starting to show, Nationals will be their time to shine," said Head Coach Karen Finnochio. "Their momentum is peaking at the most crucial time of their season."
No other team involved in the competition had as many racers finish in the top 20 as Brown. Leading the way and tying for fifth place were senior Adrienne Jones (Bristol, VT) and junior Molly Sheinberg (Woodcliff Lake, NJ) who both recorded a time of 1:32.95.
Freshman Hilary Swaffield (Wolfeboro, NH) had an amazing second run and came away with seventh place with a total time of 1:33.45. Senior Doria DiBona (Waterville Valley, NH) recorded a top ten finish as she skied her way to tenth place with a time of 1:33.95. Freshman Caitlin Stanton (Hanover, NH) rounded out the Bears in the top 20 as she went from a 79th place start to a 17th place finish.
Brown was winning the slalom until University of Massachusetts skier Carolyn Lewenberg recorded a standout second run and over took Brown for the title.
Only five women competed in the giant slalom from Brown and all five finished in the top 15 of the race. Leading the way was DiBona with a total time of 1:36.59 for a fifth place finish. Behind DiBona in seventh place was Stanton with a time of 1:37.00, her best giant slalom results of the season. Stanton recorded the third fastest second run time in the field. Rounding out the top ten was Swaffield who skied her way to tenth place with a time of 1:37.37.
Freshman Stephanie Breakstone (Sparta, NJ) went from 83rd place to start to 12th place after her first run and ended up in 13th place in the giant slalom. This was the biggest move from start position to finish position in the field. Brown was the only team in Regionals to finish five women in the top 15.
"Brown has distinguished themselves as one of the best women's teams in the country. Their talent and depth will be difficult to match," said Finnochio. "I am excited to see what Nationals will hold for these young women. They are an extremely competitive team."