Ephs Tackle Challenging Giant Slalom Course at UVM

Maddie Dekko '21 Photo Credit: Flying Point Road
Maddie Dekko '21 Photo Credit: Flying Point Road




Stowe, VT -- The WIlliams Alpine Ski Team raced their second collegiate giant slalom of the season today at the UVM Carnival hosted at Stowe Mountain. The hill at Stowe is always a challenge for racers with its rolling terrain and steep icy pitches. The entrance to the famous "waterfall" roll was especially challenging today as the course had a difficult turning section before the knoll drops over the "waterfall" and racers are unable to see the next gate.

Junior Maddie Dekko once again showed consistent GS skiing as she led the women's team with a 13th place finish. Freshman Claudia Cantin showed excellent giant slalom skiing finishing in 31st place, while senior Clara Hathorne skied to a solid 45th place. 

The men's team had promising first run results with seniors Will Kannegieser and Paul Sheils finishing in the top 30 on the first run, securing valuable early start positions for the flip 30 start sequence of the second run. Unfortunately, Sheils had an impressive crash on the second run, leaving Kannegieser as the lone Eph finisher in a seasons best 21st place. "Some parts of the track today made it hard for all racers to execute their best technical skiing, but it was impressive to see Williams skiers fight through the challenge and their efforts were reflected in the results" Head Coach Kelsey Levine said. "We have skied a lot of slalom in the last two weeks and I am excited to put our training to the test."

The combined alpine and nordic ski results put the WIlliams Ski Team in 7th place in the 15 team field. The Ephs look forward to the slalom portion of the UVM carnival at Stowe tomorrow!

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