Women's alpine skiing impresses at Colby Carnival with three top-15 finishers in the slalom

Senior captain Hannah Johnson posted an 11th-place finish out of 70 competitors in the women's slalom on Jan. 28, 2018 at the Colby Carnival. (File photo by Dennis Curran/EISA)

WARREN, Vt. -- The Bates women's alpine skiing team continued its outstanding start to the season with three top-15 finishers in the slalom Sunday at the Colby Carnival. 

The slalom races were held at Sugarbush Resort, making up the race that got postponed earlier in the year at Sugarloaf Mountain due to high winds. No carnival points were awarded, so the Bobcats remained seventh out of 16 teams overall when combining the alpine and Nordic skiing results in the giant slalom and classical technique races respectively. 

However, skiers could earn NCAA points on Sunday, and six Bobcats posted top-30 finishes to do exactly that. 

In women's alpine skiing, sophomore Griffin Mueller (West Vail, Colo.) led the way, finishing seventh out of 70 skiers with a two-run combined time of 1:38.72. She earned 36 NCAA points for the best performance of her young career. Meanwhile first-year Hannah West (Bend, Ore.) continues to shine, finishing eighth with a two-run combined time of 1:39.23, good for 32 NCAA points.

Senior captain Hannah Johnson (Incline Village, Nev.) joined Mueller and West in the top 15 with an 11th place finish thanks to a two-run combined time of 1:40.19. Johnson earned 24 NCAA points for her performance. 

The Bobcats showed off their depth with two additional women placing in the top 30. 

Sophomore Emma Finfer (Highland Park, Ill.) finished in 27th place to earn four NCAA points and senior captain Sierra Ryder (Orinda, Calif.) came in right behind her in 28th place, good for three NCAA points. 

In men's alpine skiing, first-year Calvin Wilson (Canyon Dam, Calif.) earned 13 NCAA points thanks to a two-run combined time of 1:29.12 that was good for 18th place out of 74 competitors.

The Bobcats look to continue their strong start to the season this Friday and Saturday at the UVM Carnival, which is held at Stowe Mountain Resort.