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Holland places seventh in giant slalom at Middlebury Carnival

Micaela Holland '11 surged to a seventh-place finish in the giant slalom at the Middlebury Carnival. (File photo by Lincoln Benedict '09)

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Senior Micaela Holland (Belmont, Mass.) had a season-best seventh-place showing in the giant slalom on Saturday at the Middlebury Carnival, taking a major step toward qualifying for a third NCAA Championship.

Holland recorded a second run of 1:01.53, the fourth-fastest run of the day, for a two-run combined time of 2:06.11, leading the Bates women to seventh place out of 10 teams in the event.

Sophomore Zoe Livingston (Sharon, Vt.) placed 27th out of 53 competitors, followed in the scoring by first-year Anne Rockwell (Greenville, Maine) in 33rd.

Junior Bump Heldman (Auburn, Maine) had his ninth top-20 finish in 10 carnival races this season, placing 18th in a combined time of 2:02.83.

Senior All-American Ben Manter (Vassalboro, Maine) placed 25th in 2:03.78, followed in the scoring by first-year Coleman Lieb (Ray Brook, N.Y.) in 33rd at 2:04.40.

Bates' Nordic and alpine teams combined to score 482 points, not far behind seventh-place St. Lawrence (504.5) and well ahead of Harvard for eighth place among 12 teams in the carnival.

Bates hosts the NCAA East Regional Championship next weekend, Feb. 25-26, at its two home venues: Black Mountain in Rumford (Nordic) and Sunday River in Newry (alpine).

Friday Recap

Ben Manter led the Bobcats in 15th place out of 60 competitors with a two-run combined time of 1:34.61. Bump Heldman had the eighth-fastest second run of the day, 45.99 seconds, to finish 19th at 1:35.04, and junior Alex Jones (Whitehouse Station, N.J.) was 20th in 1:34.65. Senior Ross Brockman (Sudbury, Mass.) also had a strong day, finishing 25th in 1:41.03.

The Bates men were fifth in the event with 80 points, well ahead of sixth-place Colby (63) and close behind fourth-place Dartmouth (83).

Micaela Holland led the Bates women, checking in with a pair of sub-49-second runs for a time of 1:37.25, good for 20th place out of 55 racers. Zoe Livingston placed 29th in 1:44.72, followed in the scoring by Anne Rockwell in 34th at 1:46.33.