SLU's alpine skiers Skinner, Scalia impress at UVM Carnival
St. Lawrence University senior alpine skier Kelly Skinner recorded her second collegiate top-20 finish, while first-year student Nick Scalia had a career-best showing on Saturday in the slalom at the 2011 UVM Carnival in Stowe, VT.
Skinner was the top St. Lawrence finisher on Saturday, landing in 16th place overall in the women's slalom. The Londonderry, VT native posted a combined time of 1:58.35 to earn 26.0 points. Joining her in the scoring were sophomore Ann West and first-year standout Caroline Barry. West was 18th, her fifth collegiate top-20, while Barry was 31st to cap the scoring. The team combined for 64.0 points to finish in eighth place.Junior Elena Rogers (38th), sophomore Ashley-Kate Durham (40th) and rookie Hayley Best (DNF 2nd) also represented St. Lawrence on Saturday.
The men's alpine team finished in ninth position with 58.0 points, led by Scalia's 22nd place finish. The Queensbury, NY native raced in a time of 1:49.82 to pick up 21.0 points towards the carnival.
Joining Scalia in the scoring for the Saints was fellow rookie Dustin Martin and junior Matt Dodge. Martin was one spot behind Scalia in 23rd place, while Dodge finished in 26th overall.
First-year student Ben DeFlavio (33rd), senior Thatcher Jacques (43rd) and junior Scott Houser (DNS 2nd) also competed in the men's slalom at UVM.
The host school once again swept the individual titles, as Kate Ryley and Jonathan Nordbotten won the women's and men's races, respectively, for the second time this weekend for UVM. Though the Catamounts won the men's team title with 135.0 points, Williams College earned the win on the women's side with 114.0 points.
Both the St. Lawrence men's and women's alpine teams will be in action again next weekend, Friday and Saturday, February 11 and 12, at the 2011 Dartmouth Carnival.