Strong finish! Women's alpine team has huge slalom day

STOWE, Vt. -- The Colby College women's alpine team placed second overall, first among New England Small College Athletic Conference schools, and had four skiers in the top 17 in the slalom at the University of Vermont Carnival on Saturday.

"The conditions were really tough today and the course sets were challenging too," Colby head coach Danny Noyes said. "Stowe always presents challenges as one of the most demanding race hills on the circuit, and to see our ladies step up and execute their plan was great." 

Sandy Schoepke led the Mules with runs of 59.83 and 1:01.88 for a total time of 2:01.71 to place sixth overall and a close second among NESCAC skiers.

Rosie Hust joined Schoepke in the top 10 with a 2:02.58 total on runs of 1:00.13 and 1:02.45 for eighth place. Lily Hogan took 11th for the Mules in 2:03.46 (1:00.87, 1:02.59) and first-year Tess Baldwin (pictured) placed 17th in 2:07.36 (1:03.88, 1:03.48). 
 
Rosie was strong as usual, and Sandy and Lily hit their career bests for carnival finishes," Noyes said.  "Tess also had a great result in her first carnival."  
 
Colby had 102 points and held off Middlebury (99). University of New Hampshire was a distant fourth with 77 points. Dartmouth College won the event with 138.
 
In the men's competition, Matt Calarco was 35th in 2:00.12 (59.77, 1:00.35) and Ellis Grubman took 36th with a 2:00.90 (1:00.30, 1:00.60).