Saints' Scott and Durham qualify for NCAA Championships
The St. Lawrence University men's and women's alpine ski teams wrapped up the 2013 EISA Carnival season on Saturday in the slalom at the NCAA Regionals hosted by Bates College at Sunday River. Following the races, the NCAA Championship bids were announced and senior Ashley-Kate Durham and sophomore Graham Scott will be returning to the national event in early March.
Both St. Lawrence teams finished in ninth place on Saturday, with Durham leading the Scarlet and Brown with a 15th place finish on the women's side. Her time of 2:05.34 earned 25.0 points towards the regional standings.Joining Durham in the scoring were Ann West and Maria Hillenbrand, who were 39th and 40th respectively in the women's slalom. Rounding out the line-up were rookies Ciar Colgan (47th) and Amie Lonza (53rd) and sophomore Hannah Kadah (DNF 2nd).
On the men's side, rookie Stenicka was the top St. Lawrence finisher in 26th position with a combined time of 2:04.84. His 17.0 points were joined with the points earned by Scott (27th) and rookie Dylan Murtha (31st), who capped the scoring at 46.0.
Junior Dustin Martin (36th), senior Jeremy Lawless (38th) and junior Ben DeFlavio (DNF 2nd) also raced in the men's slalom for the Saints.
The University of Vermont swept the regional slalom races on Saturday, and Kate Ryley earned the women's title for the Catamounts as well. Middlebury's Hig Roberts claimed first place in the men's slalom.
Durham will compete in the NCAA Championships for the fourth time, and hopes to match her success in 2011 when she was 3rd overall in the slalom to earn All-America honors. Meanwhile, Scott will be making his second trip to the national championships and hopes to improve upon a 20th place finish in the slalom last year. The duo will join sophomore Nordic skier Austin Meng in representing St. Lawrence at NCAA's.
The 2013 NCAA Championships will be held at the Middlebury College from Wednesday, March 6 through Saturday, March 9.