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Women's alpine team places first in giant slalom at UVM Carnival

Megan Papineau '09

Whitney Fahy '08

Liz Thompson '09

Emily Sampson '09

STOWE, Vt. -- An outstanding team effort resulted in first place out of 12 teams in the giant slalom Saturday for the Bates women's alpine ski team, leading the Bobcat ski teams to a third straight fifth-place finish in the University of Vermont Winter Carnival.

With 409 points, Bates beat out Williams (406), St. Lawrence (401) and Colby (388) to claim fifth place for the third time in three carnivals this season.

Sophomore Megan Papineau (Keene, N.Y.) came in fourth out of 55 competitors to lead the Bates women in Saturday's giant slalom at Mount Mansfield, with a two-run combined time of 1:58.21. Close behind her were junior Whitney Fahy (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) in seventh place (1:58.91), sophomore Liz Thompson (Rangeley, Maine) in eighth, sophomore Emily Sampson (Plymouth, N.H.) in 13th (2:00.66) and first-year Allison Martini (Fair Haven, N.J.) in 23rd (2:05.64). With 83 points, Bates was first in the event, two points ahead of both Middlebury and New Hampshire.

The men's alpine team also fared well in Saturday's giant slalom, claiming fourth place. Juniors Leo Menard (Portland, Maine) and Dan Loman (Killington, Vt.) were 11th and 12th out of 59 competitors. Senior Carter Casner (North Kingstown, R.I.) and junior Matthew Brockman (Sudbury, Mass.) finished 22nd and 25th, respectively.

Loman led the men's side in Friday's giant slalom, placing ninth out of 59. Casner was 21st and junior Kevin Berry (Portsmouth, N.H.) came in 35th.

On the women's side on Friday, Thompson was Bates' top performer at 12th place, followed by Sampson (17th), Perry Kleeman (23rd), Papineau (25th and Martini (28th). Both the men's and women's teams placed sixth in Friday's giant slalom.

Bates will compete next weekend at the Dartmouth Carnival.