Grand Completes Historic EISA Championship with Second Podium in Carnival Finale

Grand Completes Historic EISA Championship with Second Podium in Carnival Finale

NEWRY/RUMFORD, Maine - Senior Guillaume Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée Général Ferrié) posted his second runner-up finish of the weekend while becoming Saint Michael's College's first Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) All-East first team pick in 23 years when the Bates College Carnival concluded on Saturday. Between Alpine and Nordic skiing, the Purple Knights combined to take eighth among 14 schools at the final 2019 carnival, which was also the EISA Championship and NCAA East Regional Championship. Alpine races were at Sunday River and Nordic events took place at Black Mountain.

TEAM RESULTS

  • Saint Michael's placed eighth among 14 institutions with 383 points, within 25 points of host Bates.
  • Since the EISA's Division I and Division II leagues merged for the 1993-94 season, the Purple Knights had never taken higher at an EISA Championship than the seventh-place finish they nabbed last winter. Their eighth-place showing this weekend was the College's second-best placement in the modern era.
  • Dartmouth College won the season-ending carnival with 973 points.

ALPINE
TEAM RESULTS

  • The men were seventh (70), narrowly trailing the University of New Hampshire (72), Colby College (73), Plymouth State University (81) and Middlebury College (84).
  • Between the two Alpine squads, Saint Michael's was fifth with 282 points, trailing regional power New Hampshire by five points.
  • Senior Guillaume Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée Général Ferrié) became the fifth four-time EISA All-East selection in the College's skiing history, but the first since the modern era of the EISA began in 1993-94. He is the school's first EISA All-East first teamer since Nordic skier Hege Vethe '98 in 1995-96, and the first Alpine competitor to land on the first squad since Jennifer Coan '94 in 1993-94.
  • Grand has also qualified for his fourth career NCAA Championship, a feat only previously achieved at Saint Michael's by Alpine skier Keith Farnand '00, a member of the Saint Michael's Athletic Hall of Fame. The full field of NCAA competitors, which could include as many as five Purple Knights, which would be a school record, will be revealed on Monday.
  • Senior Clara Lopez Costa (Barcelona, Spain/Green Mountain Valley School) concluded her college career with the slalom race.

MEN'S LEADERS

  • Grand, 2nd in slalom, 1:52.71 two-run time
    • 43rd career top-10 finish
    • 10th career podium
    • 5th podium this season
    • Matched career-high finish
    • 8th career runner-up placement
  • First-year Ben Throm (Aspen, Colo./Aspen), 33rd, 2:00.17
  • Junior Zach Bouchard (Merrimac, Mass./Gould Academy), 35th, 2:00.55
  • Junior Colby Jordan (Charlotte, Vt./Mount Mansfield Winter Academy), 37th, 2:01.07
  • First-year Christian Gallagher (Stowe, Vt./Burke Mountain Academy), 56th, 2:11.88

WOMEN'S LEADERS

  • Junior Erin Spence (Aspen, Colo./Aspen), 30th in slalom, 2:03.78 two-run time
  • Senior Clara Lopez Costa (Barcelona, Spain/Green Mountain Valley School), 32nd, 2:05.18
  • Junior Anna Willassen (Jar, Norway/Persbråten VGS), 35th, 2:07.11
  • Junior Kara Gailiunas (Warren, Vt./Green Mountain Valley School), 36th, 2:07.29

NORDIC
TEAM RESULTS

  • The men were 14 points shy of host Bates for the second straight day.
  • The women trailed Saint Lawrence University by 15 points.
  • Seniors Amy Duclos (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) and Mitch McDonald (Prior Lake, Minn./Prior Lake) both concluded their college skiing careers with team-leading performances.

MEN'S LEADERS

  • McDonald, 50th in 20K classic, 1:00:43.1
    • Career-high placement
  • First-year Gaelan Boyle-Wight (Newry, Maine/Telstar Regional), 53rd, 1:01:49.1
  • First-year John Cunningham (Springfield, N.H./Kearsarge Regional), 60th, 1:04:30.3
  • First-year Brian Wing (Chugiak, Alaska/Chugiak), 62nd, 1:05:39.3
  • First-year Will Meehan (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle Regional), 64th, 1:10:13.9

WOMEN'S LEADERS

  • Duclos, 56th in 15K classic, 55:14.4
  • First-year Rachel Smith (Old Forge, N.Y./Town of Webb), 59th, 58:12.2
  • Senior Ellen Emers (East Hardwick, Vt./Hazen Union), 60th, 1:01:29.2
  • Sophomore Emma Bellefleur (Wolfeboro, N.H./Kingswood Regional), 61st, 1:03:54.1

NEXT SAINT MICHAEL'S EVENT

  • Qualifiers will compete at the NCAA Championship, which runs between March 6 and 9 in Stowe, Vt.