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Alpine finishes carnival season strong in slalom

Avril Dunleavy '15 placed fifth in the giant slalom, then sixth in the slalom at the Bates Carnival and NCAA East Regional Championship at Sunday River. Photo by Cory Ransom/EISA.

NEWRY, Maine -- Avril Dunleavy led three Bates sophomores who finished in the top 16, taking sixth place among 73 competitors in the women's slalom on Saturday at the Bates Carnival and NCAA East Regional Championships.

A day after placing fifth in the giant slalom at Sunday River, Dunleavy (Salt Lake City, Utah) put a final stamp on her outstanding carnival season, recording the 10th-best first run in the field, at 58.46 seconds, then tying for the ninth-best second run, at 1:04.73, for a combined time of 2:03.19. It was Dunleavy's eighth top-10 carnival performance this season out of a possible 12.

Sophomore Katie Fitzpatrick (Larkspur, Calif.) completed a great weekend by placing ninth overall in 2:03.57, a day after her 16th-place showing in the GS. Sophomore Emily Bamford (East Melbourne, Australia) made it the same top trio for the Bates women as in Friday's GS, placing 16th overall in 2:05.45. The Bates women's alpine team placed third among 13 squads with 92 points, nine ahead of fourth-place New Hampshire and trailing only Vermont (127) and Dartmouth (112).

Bates' combined alpine and Nordic ski teams finished with 515 team carnival points, good for sixth place among 17 participating teams. Bates will now await selections for the NCAA Championships, taking place March 6-9 at Middlebury. Dunleavy is a cinch for her second-straight selection to nationals, while junior Anne Rockwell (Greenville, Maine) and now Fitzpatrick appear to be next in line on the qualifiers' list. On the EISA's final NCAA rankings list, Fitzpatrick is 26th, immediately followed by sophomore Emily Hayes (Natick, Mass.) in 27th and Bamford in 28th (Dunleavy is ninth on the list and Rockwell is 21st). As is the case with all participating schools, Bates will be limited to three selections from the women's team.

The Bates men had three carnival point scorers on the day, led by sophomore Peter Cole (Carrabassett Valley, Maine) in 35th place among 75 competitors with a combined time of 2:11.38. Junior Brent Talbott (Menlo Park, Calif.) finished 39th in 2:14.51, and junior Devon Brown (Newry, Maine) came in 42nd (2:22.71).

Friday Recap

Dunleavy claimed fifth place out of 80 competitors in the women’s giant slalom on Friday, as the Bates Carnival and NCAA East Regional Championships got under way at Sunday River. She had the eighth-fastest first run in the field, at 1:21.06, and followed that with the fourth-fastest second run, at 1:19.60, for a combined time of 2:40.66.

Fitzpatrick placed 16th in 2:42.70, and Bamford gave Bates three women in the top 20, in 20th place at 2:42.70, as the Bobcats placed fourth among women’s squads in the event. Senior captain Zoe Livingston (Sharon, Vt.) placed 22nd in 2:43.49.

The Bates men’s team saw first-years Chris Bradbury (Norwich, Conn.) and Tanner Dirstine (Boise, Idaho) placed 38th and 39th among 85 men, respectively, in 2:40.81 and 2:40.97, while first-year Cody Bullen (Newry, Maine) took 42nd place in 2:41.38 to round out Bates’ scoring.