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Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO -- For the fifth straight year, the NCAA men's slalom title belongs to Dartmouth.
Big Green senior Karl Johnson (Richmond, VT) turned in two stellar runs on Howelson Hill here Friday night, winning the slalom crown in his final collegiate race.
Johnson held off a strong second run by Alaska-Anchorage's Timothee Theaux for the crown, winning in 1:13.85, a half-second better than Theaux. New Mexico's Tor Fodnesbergene was third.
"I love the feel of this place," said Johnson of Howelsen. "It reminds me a lot of Cochran's [ski area], where I grew up in Vermont. Once you have the right mentality, you do well, and I felt great all day."
Starting in 10th position, Johnson sailed down the Howelsen face to take a first run lead of .68 seconds over Luke Patterson of Nevada. Patterson finished fourth overall.
Johnson becomes the fifth consecutive Dartmouth skier to win the men's slalom, unprecedented in NCAA skiing history. He follows Roger Brown in 2002, Bradley Wall in 2003, Paul McDonald in 2004 and David Chodounsky last year.
"Peter Dodge is a great coach, and we have a great bunch of guys, and we're pushing each other all the time," added Johnson. "We all knew it was there; we just had to put it together."
Johnson's twin brother Erik, competing in his second NCAA Championships, finished in 12th place. Defending slalom champion Chodounsky (Crested Butte, CO) crashed on his first run and finished a distant 32nd.
In the women's slalom, Big Green sophomore Michelanne Shields (Colorado Springs, CO) earned her second All America nod, taking eighth in the race won by Colorado's Lucie Zikova. After starting 32nd in the first run, Shields moved up the field with the ninth-best first run and the second-fastest second run. Shields also finished ninth in Wednesday's giant slalom. Dartmouth sophomore Sealy Livermore (Ross, CA) was 20th; junior Alex Fucigna (Hopkinton, MA) was 22nd.
After three days of competition, and with Johnson's win, the Big Green moves into fifth place in the team standings. Host Colorado leads with 447 points, followed by New Mexico with 442, Denver with 420.5, Vermont with 410 and Dartmouth with 382.5.
The NCAA Men's and Women's Skiing Championships concludes Saturday with the men's 20-kilometer and women's 15-kilometer free technique cross country race, also at Howelsen Hill.
For complete NCAA Championships results and scores, see <www.eisaskiing.org/BART/Results06/ncaa06.htm>
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