February 26, 2009

Bears Finish Third at ESCS Regional Championships

Feb. 26, 2009

WATERVILLE VALLEY, NH - The Brown women's skiing team finished in third overall at the 2009 Regional Championships, after taking fourth in the slalom and third in the giant slalom. Brown was led by sophomore Krista Consiglio (Bethany, CT), who finished in second overall, after winning the slalom race and taking fourth in the giant slalom.

In Saturday's slalom, Consiglio out-paced the field by .28, earning a time of 48.38 in the first run, which was third, and 50.59 in the second run, which was .36 faster than the next time. Her two-run time was 1:38.97, while Colby-Sawyer's Danielle Shannon and Michele Spear took second and third respectively, in 1:39.25 and 1:39.27. Junior Elisa Handbury (Sydney, Australia) was next for the Bears, earning 17th place with a two-run time of 1:46.86, while sophomore Blaine Martin (Salt Lake City, UT) finished in 19th with a two-run time of 1:47.42, as the three skiers to count in the team standings.

Senior Anna Bengtson (St. Johsbury, VT) also had a solid day, finishing 25th overall with a two-run time of 1:50.27. Brown's top skier down the stretch, freshman Kia Mosenthal (Plymouth, NH) crashed , but still finished both of her runs, placing in 46th with a two-run time of 2:27.41.

In Sunday's giant slalom, Brown was led by freshman Emily Simmons (Buffalo, NY), who took third place with a two-run time of 2:18.74, edging Consiglio by .91, who had a two-run time of 2:19.65 to finish in fourth. Martin took 19th for the second day in a row and was the final Brown skier to count in the team standings, earning a two-run time of 2:23.77.

Once again, Bengtson had a solid day on the mountain, taking 24th overall with a total time of 2:25.14. Unfortunately, Mosenthal crashed for the second straight day in her second run. Her first-run time of 1:09.44 was actually the fastest of all 65 skiers by .03, as Brown held a three-second lead over the field at the conclusion of the first run.

Overall, Consiglio finished in second place with a total of 150 points. Simmons tied for eighth with a total of 60 points, while Martin finished in 17th with a total of 24 points. Handbury had 14 points for 27th, while Bengtson has 13 points for 28th.

The Bears are back in action March 3rd-7th when they travel to Winter Park, Colorado for the 2009 USCSA National Championships.