Saints alpine skier Visconti earns podium finish at Williams Carnival
Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 7:56 am

St. Lawrence University alpine skier Allison Visconti likely punched her ticket to the 2014 NCAA Championships on Saturday, as she earned a podium finish in the giant slalom at the Williams Carnival at Jiminy Peak.

Visconti, who has built momentum over the last three carnivals, was in the top-5 in both the first and second runs on Saturday, propelling her to third place overall behind only UVM's Kate Ryley and Kristina Riis-Johannessen. It is the second podium finish in Visconti's tenure at St. Lawrence, as she was also third in the GS at UVM last season.

Joining Visconti in the scoring for St. Lawrence in the women's GS on Saturday were Maria Hillenbrand and Eliza Cowie, who were 34th and 41st respectively. The trio finished in seventh place with 69.0 points, 47.0 of which came from Visconti.

Sophia Frankenburg (46th), Kelly Appenzeller (48th) and Alita Rogers (DNS 2nd) also competed for the Scarlet and Brown.

On the men's side, St. Lawrence was by Graham Scott, who earned his second top-15 of the weekend with a ninth place showing in the GS on Saturday. Scott's second run propelled him from outside the top-20 to ninth overall with a combined time of 1:45.17 for 31.0 points. Scott had already sewn up his NCAA bid entering the weekend.

Scott was joined in the scoring by Loudon Fruth (36th) and Dustin Martin (41st), as the trio finished in 10th position. Ben DeFlavio (43rd), Taber Engelken (45th) and Nick Stenicka (46th) also raced for St. Lawrence in the GS, which was won by Hig Roberts of Middlebury. The University of Vermont claimed both team titles.

The Williams Carnival is the final regular season event of the season, as St. Lawrence will compete next weekend in the 2014 EISA Championships at Middlebury on February 21 and 22.