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Ski teams finish 11th at NCAA Championships, best since '98

John Canney '11 took 15th place in the men's slalom to lead the Bates alpine ski team. (File photo by Lincoln Benedict '09)







STOWE, Vt. -- The Bates College alpine ski team had three top-18 finishes in Saturday's slalom competition to wrap up the 2011 NCAA National College Skiing Championships in fine fashion at Stowe Mountain Resort.

While senior Micaela Holland (Belmont, Mass.) tied a career best by placing 18th in the women's slalom, seniors John Canney (North Clarendon, Vt.) and Ben Manter (Vassalboro, Maine) capped their careers by placing 15th and 17th, respectively, in the men's slalom. Junior Bump Heldman (Auburn, Maine), who placed a career-best 11th in the giant slalom on Wednesday, did not finish his first run today.

Bates' combined alpine and Nordic ski teams scored 196 points at NCAAs to finish 11th out of 21 teams, 34 points behind 10th-place Montana State and 11 points ahead of Northern Michigan. Bates placed ahead of such perennial rivals as Williams (149), Colby (121) and St. Lawrence (95).

It is Bates' highest finish at the NCAA Championships since 1998, when the Bobcats were ninth. It is also the Bobcats' sixth straight year finishing among the top 16 NCAA skiing programs.

Holland placed 18th in the women's slalom, tying for her best NCAA finish out of six events in her career. Her first run of 1:03.46 was 22nd best among 35 competitors, and she moved up to 18th place with a second run of 57.61 seconds, 15th best in the field.

Canney, appearing at nationals for the first time this week, posted back-to-back solid runs for a two-run combined time of 1:46.92, scoring 25 team points for Bates. Manter had the second-fastest second run among the 35 competitors, at 50.97 seconds, moving up from 26th place after the first run to take 17th place at 1:47.11.

Wednesday Recap

Bates College junior Bump Heldman (Auburn, Maine) placed 11th -- just one hundredth of a second away from 10th place and All-America status -- to headline a very strong first day for the four Bates alpine skiers competing at the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships on Wednesday at Stowe Mountain Resort.

Behind Heldman in the men's GS were Bates senior Ben Manter (Vassalboro, Maine) who was 19th in the 36-man field, and senior John Canney (North Clarendon, Vt.), who was 27th. Meanwhile, Bates senior Micaela Holland (Belmont, Mass.) took 20th place in the women's GS.

Improbably, Heldman had the 11th-best run in the field in both the men's first and second runs, going 1:02.79 in his first run and 1:01.11 in his second. His two-run combined time of 2:03.90 missed tying Zach Clayton of the University of New Hampshire for 10th place by the slimmest of margins. Heldman was seventh among American skiers in the event and second from a non-Division I team.

Manter's blazing second run of 1:00.79 lifted him from 26th place to 19th among 35 competitors, at 2:04.86 overall, while Canney acquitted himself well in his first NCAA Championship competition, at 2:07.35.

In the women's slalom, Holland had her second-best NCAA finish out of the five NCAA events in her career thus far, taking 24th place with a two-run combined time of 2:09.13. Holland's second run of 1:04.79 was 15th best among the field of 35 competitors. Holland was also ninth among American skiers.

NCAA Championship Results