Ski Teams Win Eastern Championship

2/28/04 - The Middlebury College ski teams have broken the nation's longest conference winning streak by capturing the EISA (Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association) Championship, which also doubles as the Middlebury Carnival. Vermont had won the carnival for the previous 28 years before Middlebury took over the reins in '04. This marks the end of the carnival season for Middlebury, with the Panthers capturing five of the ski eastern carnivals this season. They return to action on March 10-13 at the NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Nevada-Reno.

The Panthers won the carnival by a comfortable margin with 1,058 points. Vermont placed second with 1,017, followed by Dartmouth in third with 1,003.

Middlebury dominated both giant slalom events today, winning each event going away. For the men, Fred Emich won with a time of 2:00.77, followed by teammate Eric Rygg in second place (2:00.95). Placing fourth in the race was Peter Phillips (2:01.16).

Middlebury also won the women's race as Lindsey Brush captured the event with a time of 2:04.12. Placing third was Jessica Smith (2:04.66), followed by Molly Russell in seventh (2:05.66).

Leading the Middlebury women in the 10K nordic race was Kate Newick, who placed third in 30:10, just over two seconds behind the winner. Coming in fourth place was Kate Whitcomb in 30:49, while Berkley Leach placed eighth with a time of 31:16.

In the men's 15K race, Garrott Kuzzy paced the Panthers with a third place finish in 41:28, just 10 seconds behind the leader. Colin Rodgers was next for Middlebury in eighth place (42:27), followed by Jake Whitcomb in 14th (43:19).  (results)