Skiing eighth following day one at EISA Championship at Middlebury

Skiing eighth following day one at EISA Championship at Middlebury

HANCOCK, Vt. - One day into the regular-season-ending Middlebury College Carnival, the Saint Michael's College skiing teams stand eighth among 14 schools following Friday's competition. Only Alpine races were contested on the opening day, at the Middlebury Snow Bowl, during a carnival that is also the NCAA East Regional Championship and the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Championship. Alpine events wrap up Saturday, while Nordic competitors take to Rikert Ski Touring Center on Saturday and Sunday. Day two begins at 9 a.m.

The Purple Knights totaled 94 points en route to their eighth-place standing, edging out ninth-place Bates College (92) and 10th-place Saint Lawrence University (89). Saint Michael's has never finished as high as eighth at an EISA Championship since the EISA merged its Division I and II meets for one championship in 1994.

First-year Guillaume Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée Général Ferrié) placed 10th in the slalom, wearing the No. 1 bib en route to a two-run total time of 1:34.38. It was his 11th top-10 showing in 11 races during his rookie season. Classmate Torjus Grimsrud (Stabekk, Norway/Donski Alpine) had his second-best slalom performance this year, nabbing 19th at 1:35.71, while first-year Danny Duffy (Warren, Vt./Green Mountain Valley School) placed 42nd in 1:42.35. Senior Brad Farrell (West Windsor, Vt./Sharon Academy) was one spot behind Duffy.

On the women's side, sophomore Meggane Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée des métiers Ambroise Croizat) was 18th at 1:40.18, while senior Nicole Cordingley (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell) placed 38th in 1:46.62. Junior Abigail Hotaling (Fabius, N.Y./Fabius-Pompey) finished 48th with a time of 1:48.15.