October 31, 2001

Women's Skiing 2001-2002 Season Outlook

Oct. 31, 2001

In 2000-2001, Brown Women's Ski Team was graced with tremendous snowfall as well as results. Pre-season coaches polls ranked Brown 7th in the nation, a ranking which proved to underestimate the talent of the team. "The team's potential was readily seen in early season, but the results that followed far exceeded my expectations," stated head coach Karen Finocchio. In regular season competition, the Bears soared to new heights. Brown won its first carnival in school history. Making the win sweeter, the Bears took the victory at their home carnival.

At the conclusion of regular season competition, Brown dominated the scoreboard. Three Bear women topped the individual competition with Doria Dibona in 6th, Elizabeth Dibona in 11th and Adrienne Jones 12th along with a 3rd place team result. As Brown moved into post-season events, the Bears just missed the unthinkable, an ECSC Regional victory. Securing 2nd in giant slalom and 3rd in slalom, the Bears finished one point behind rival Plymouth State College to capture 2nd and a third consecutive trip to USCSA Nationals. The Bears continued their success streak at Nationals. Despite falls from their top seeded skiers, Brown pulled together as a team and matched their best national result, a 7th. As season-end honors were tallied, Brown skiers earned five All-Americans and one All-Ivy.

For 2001-2002, the Bears have already established new records to break. Led by three-time captain and All-American Elizabeth Dibona '02 (Waterville Valley, NH), the Bears squad returns five of its top eight skiers. Doria Dibona '03 (Waterville Valley, NH) who posted her best personal results last year remains a strong contender for regional and national championship titles for this season. The Dibona sisters will set the pace by skiing in the number one position in giant slalom and slalom. "Doria Dibona stands a strong shot not only to win a carnival, but also a national title," commented Finocchio. Strong rookie performances came from Molly Sheinberg '04 (Woodcliff Lake, NJ) and Giulia Righi '04 (Pistoia, Italy) in 2000-2001. These two sophomores will add depth to the Bears squad as the team strives for a national championship. Rounding out the top five is Jocelyn Cleary '03 (Westhampton, MA) with solid slalom results from the 2000-2001 season. This fall, the Bears welcomed new squad members Ashley Feldman '04 (Shavertown, PA), Naomi Sheffield '04 (Skamania, WA) and Maria Elena Lauro '05 (Naples, Italy.

The Bears are gearing up for the 2002 USCSA Nationals hosted at their home training site, Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. Three Bears, Doria Dibona '03, Elizabeth Dibona '02 and Molly Sheinberg '04 are strong contenders for individual national titles. "I feel honored to be at Brown with this remarkable women's team. It is the first time in the program's history the team is on the verge of a national title. With Nationals hosted at our home hill, the momentum only continues to grow as the season draws closer. The talent, depth and leadership on this squad are unlike any team that I have previously coached. I am excited to see these athletes attain their potential and reap the benefits of their efforts," stated Finocchio. For 2001-2002 the Brown Ski Team, these talented women are striving towards their first sweep, divisional, regional and national titles.