SQUAW VALLEY, Calif. -- Sophomore Avril Dunleavy made a big statement on behalf of the Bates alpine ski team last weekend at the U.S. Alpine Championships, culminating in Sunday's women's slalom championship, where she finished sixth overall and first among American juniors.
Dunleavy (Salt Lake City, Utah/Winter Sports School) won the junior bronze medal while placing sixth among 67 women in the slalom, with a two-run combined time of 1:50.13. Dunleavy was third among juniors (Under 21) and third among Americans overall at Squaw Valley, Calif., the site of the 1960 Winter Olympics.
Dunleavy also placed 17th in last Thursday's women's giant slalom event (13th among Americans) -- she rose from 28th place after one run with the eighth-fastest second run in the field, at 51.96 seconds, to move up nine places with a combined time of 1:45.82.
Dunleavy recently concluded a standout sophomore season on the Bobcats, earning Second Team All-East honors from the Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association and making her second appearance in as many years at the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships.
Audio Slide Show featuring Avril Dunleavy: 'Race like you train, and train like you race.'