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Eagles Start with Slalom at NCAA Regional Championships

Feb. 25, 2012

The Eagles made their way to the Middlebury Snow Bowl in Hancock, Vt. for the NCAA Regional Championships. The team started with Slalom on Friday, Feb. 24, and will compete in Giant Slalom on Feb. 25.

Friday, Slalom
Friday's Slalom, the first day of the NCAA Eastern Regional Championships, brought mixed results for the Eagles. Although heavy snow was in the forecast, lift issues forced the majority of the men's and the entirety of the women's field to hike up to the start of the first run. Running as a USSA event, the regional championships had no qualification cap for the second run. On the men's side, the team was again led by junior Stacey Bolger, coming from bib 65 to finish 57th on the first run. A blistering 36th place second run helped Bolger move up to 41st on the day. Senior Chris Burgart battled through a lower leg injury that has kept him sidelined since the UVM slalom. Starting at bib 45, Chris finished his first run, but slid back to the 60th spot. Skiing through pain, Chris gave it his all on the second run and earned a 44th place finish to end up 45th overall and advance a spot. Sophomore Eddie Mele finished 52nd on the day despite having to hike through a delay mid-second run after straddling the bottom gate.
The women's team had another solid performance headed by team leaders Kelly Burgart (junior) and Katie Cutting (sophomore). K. Burgart started bib 48th and moved up over ten spots to finish 35th. A second solid run finished K. Burgart 32nd on the day. Cutting progressed to the 37th spot after the first run from bib 45. A fantastic second run, just 2.3 seconds off of the winning time, landed Cutting 31st overall. Senior Captain Laura Martini posted her best result of the year with a 44th place finish, moving up from the back of the pack and scoring crucial team points. Martini's day boosted the team to a 10th place finish. Freshmen Shannon Quinn and Emily Starer finished 45th and 53rd, respectively.

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