Catamounts maintain No. 1 spot
BURLINGTON, Vt. – After another convincing win on the EISA Circuit at the Colby Carnival this past weekend, the University of Vermont ski team maintained its No. 1 ranking in the Ski Racing Magazine Power Rankings.
The Catamounts topped Dartmouth by 125 points in the second stop of the 2011 season. Vermont racked up 991 points, marking the first time since 1999 that the Catamounts have scored over 900 points in back-to-back carnivals.
UVM won its second consecutive carnival for the first time since 2006, taking first place in five events and sweeping the alpine races.
Even more impressive was that fact that the Catamounts won the carnival without four of their top skiers. Jonathan Nordbotten, who won both alpine events last weekend at the St. Lawrence Carnival, was in Europe competing in a pair of European Cup races this weekend. On the Nordic side, Caitlin and Scott Patterson, as well as Amy Glen, are also in Europe competing in the World Junior Championships.
Vermont had five different individuals win an event at the Colby Carnival and overall, 10 different Catamounts have won a race this season through two carnivals. Also, a UVM skier has been on the podium in every event so far this year.
The EISA Circuit takes a week off before returning to action at the UVM Carnival on February 4-5. The alpine events will be held at Stowe Mountain Resort, while the Nordic races will be at Trapp Family Lodge. The Catamounts will also host the 2011 NCAA Ski Championships at the same venues on March 9-12.