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Rockwell takes fourth place in slalom at Middlebury

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Bates junior Anne Rockwell finished a career-best fourth on Friday in the women's slalom portion of the Middlebury Carnival, leading the Bobcat alpine ski teams on the first day of competition at Middlebury Snow Bowl.

Rockwell (Greenville, Maine) had the eighth-fastest first run of the day, at 50.69 seconds, and followed up with the fourth-fastest second run of the day, for a blazing combined time of 1:40.81. Padding another 1.36 seconds to her time would still have kept Rockwell within the top 10 finishers among the 63 competitors in the event.

Sophomore Emily Bamford (East Melbourne, Australia) placed 19th overall in 1:43.68, the only other Bates woman to complete two runs on the day, causing the Bobcats to settle for the seventh-most carnival points out of 13 women's squads on the day. The Bates men's squad was less fortunate, with only first-year Tanner Dirstine (Boise, Idaho) scoring carnival points, taking 32nd place in 1:42.90.

Bates' combined alpine and Nordic ski teams have 184 carnival points after Day 1, eighth-most among 16 teams, with alpine giant slalom and Nordic freestyle mass start races on the slate for Saturday's conclusion.