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Alpine Skiers Finish Regular Season With Solid Races

By Jonathan S. Shefftz

The men’s and women’s alpine squads of MIT’s varsity ski racing team have completed their fifth and final regular season race weekend. The women finished the season tied for eighth with Babson in the cumulative standings; the men placed ninth.

Smith College hosted the final race weekend on February 19-20, returning the league to Berkshire East, MA. With an eighteenth place individual finish, Marcy Paul ’03 led the women by taking seventh in Saturday’s slalom, which put them in eighth for the cumulative standings, and only one point out of seventh. The men took ninth place overall.

After the first run of Sunday’s giant slalom, the women were a mere two tenths of a second out of seventh, which put them within reach of achieving last season’s cumulative standing. Unfortunately, the second run put MIT back into ninth place, which resulted in a tie for eighth place with Babson. The men also ended on a slow note with a tenth place finish, which gave them enough points overall for ninth in cumulative standings.

Season individual scoring

The top scorer for the women this season has consistently been Paul, who finished first for the team in nine out of ten regular season races, taking 30th in the individual standings. Co-captain Marianne Okal Jr. ’02 and Mallory Briggs ’03 traded the number two spot, while Li z Willey ’02 and Libby Wayman ’03 provided the critical backup finishes.

Maupin was the top scorer for the men in all five regular season slaloms, as well as two of the giant slaloms. Nick Kulkarni ’02, co-captain Todd DuMond ’00, and Jon Bates ’03 rounded out the top four for the team, while Jay Fucetola ’01 and Tom McBride ’00 traded spots at number five. Mike McCarthy ’02 continues his recovery and his leg now sports a suitable high-tech titanium rod. The men’s team loses four skiers to graduation this year, most notably hard-working captains Maupin and DuMond. However, DuMond will remain with the team as assistant coach.

Race weekend February 12th

Boston College hosted the weekend of February 12-13 at its alumni-owned Ascutney Mountain VT, whose extremely steep and icy race slope can lead to unexpected results. The mountain delivered its usual bevy of crashes, prereleases, hooked tips, straddles and missed gates for Saturday’s slalom, but unfortunately MIT ended up with more than its fair share. The women took ninth, although the men took eighth ahead of Babson, led by co-captain Ryan Maupin’s 27th-place finish. In Sunday’s giant slalom, the men slipped to ninth, but the women regained seventh.