Ski Team Narrowly Misses Home Victory

A weekend with bad weather ended in a spell of bad luck, preventing Dartmouth skiers from grabbing victory at their home carnival. The University of Vermont capitalized to squeak by the Big Green for the victory.

The Catamounts totaled 757 points, followed by Dartmouth with 736 and Middlebury with 673 in the 11-team field.

The story of the weekend, however, and of the carnival season was the impressive performance by the Dartmouth women's cross country team. Led by junior Anna Harrington (Duluth, Minn.), who won the 10K classical event on the opening day, the Big Green squad swept the top four spots at Oak Hill.

On top of that, the "Dartmouth four" of Kate Pearson (Fairbanks, Alaska), Harrington, Sara Donahue (Norwich, Vt.) and Emily Chenel (Winthrop, Mass.) finished second through fifth, respectively, in the freestyle pursuit the next day, remaining undefeated on this year's carnival circuit.

Dartmouth produced many other strong individual results for the weekend. Senior men's cross country captain Scott McArt (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) won the 10K classical, besting his two Norwegian rivals from UVM. He followed that by finishing second in the 10K freestyle pursuit.

The slalom race gave Dartmouth freshman Roger Brown (Norwich, Vt.) his first carnival victory on his home course. The women's alpine weekend was highlighted by senior Gusty Swift (Wilson, Wyo.) who was third in the slalom. She was followed by teammates Allison Keller (Malibu, Calif.), Lindsay Lockhart (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) and Jeannie Eisberg (New York, N.Y.) in fourth, seventh and eighth.

Dartmouth had the overall lead going into the last day of competition February 11, but bad luck in the rescheduled giant slalom plagued two athletes who each lost a ski and exited the race early.

In other news, junior Bradley Wall (Jindabyne East, Australia) competed in Austria at the Alpine World Championship, finishing 29th in the giant slalom. He's virtually assured a trip to the Salt Lake City Olympic Games in 2002. (Joshua Lozman '01)