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Bobcats place 13th at NCAA Skiing Championships

Bates' alpine team contingent basks in the afterglow of another successful venture at NCAAs. (Photos by Lincoln Benedict '09)
Dan Loman '08 on his way to a 23rd-place finish in the slalom event on Saturday. It was Loman's first time competing at NCAAs.
Emily Sampson '09 packs up after a an excellent effort in the slalom at the end of her first trip to NCAAs.

ATTITASH, N.H. -- The Bates College ski teams finished the 2007 NCAA Skiing Championships in 13th place, after the conclusion of the men's and women's slalom events.

With 231 points, the Bobcats trailed the University of Alaska-Anchorage by 12 points, and beat out schools such as Alaska-Fairbanks (217), Williams (152), Colby (134) and Michigan Tech (128) in the final standings.

For the second straight year, Bates ranked second only to Middlebury among all traditionally Division III schools in the final standings.

Bates' trio of women competing in the slalom scored a total of 69 points, putting the Bobcats at fifth place out of 13 schools in the event. Sophomores Emily Sampson (Plymouth, N.H.), Liz Thompson (Rangeley, Maine) and Megan Papineau (Keene, N.Y.) placed 15th, 16th and 20th, respectively, out of 35 competitors, with two-run combined times of 1:50.12, 1:50.89 and 1:51.53.

Bates' men's alpine team saw junior Dan Loman (Killington, Vt.) take 23rd place in the slalom with a two-run combined time of 1:48.28, and junior teammate Leo Menard (Portland, Maine) close behind in 26th place at 1:48.96.

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