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Rockwell, Dunleavy place 29th, 31st in GS at NCAAs

Avril Dunleavy '15 finished 31st in the giant slalom in her return appearance at the NCAA Skiing Championships on March 6, 2013. Photo by Cory Ransom.

Avril Dunleavy '15 finished 31st in the giant slalom in her return appearance at the NCAA Skiing Championships on March 6, 2013. Photo by Cory Ransom.

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Bates junior Anne Rockwell and sophomore Avril Dunleavy placed 29th and 31st, respectively, as the 2013 NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships got under way Wednesday with giant slalom alpine racing at Middlebury Snow Bowl.

Rockwell (Greenville, Maine) tied for the 26th best time in the field on her first run of 1:05.89, then followed with a second run of 1:04.32, which tied Vermont's Elli Terwiel as the 29th best time, for a combined time of 2:10.21. Dunleavy (Salt Lake City, Utah), making her second NCAA appearance, had a combined time of 2:10.68, just .12 seconds behind 28th-place Lizzie Kistler of Dartmouth and .16 seconds ahead of New Hampshire's Catherine Blanchard. Rockwell and Dunleavy together scored 20 team points to put Bates in 15th place among 16 scoring teams in the early going.

The four-day NCAA Championships turn to Rikert Touring Center on Thursday as Nordic skiing competition gets started with the women's 5K and men's 10K classical technique races. Bates will be represented by sophomore Hallie Grossman (South Woodstock, Vt.) in the women's race, which starts at 10am, and junior Jordan Buetow (Fairbanks, Alaska) in the men's race, slated for a 12pm start. Rockwell and Dunleavy return to action with slalom races on Friday, starting at 9:30am.

NCAA Women's GS Results