Women's alpine takes sixth in giant slalom at UVM Carnival

Senior captain Sierra Ryder recorded an 11th place finish in the giant slalom on Friday, February 2, 2018 at the Colby Carnival. (File photo by Gil Talbot/Gil Talbot Photography)

STOWE, Vt. -- Senior captain Sierra Ryder finished 11th out of 72 collegiate skiers and the Bates women's alpine skiing team finished sixth out of 12 schools in the giant slalom Friday at the UVM Carnival.

Ryder (Orinda, Calif.) paced the Bobcats with a two-run combined time of 2:14.34, earning 30 carnival points and 24 NCAA points. Ryder's 11th place finish is her career-best in the GS to this date, surpassing her 13th place finish earlier this year at the Colby Carnival.

It was a tough course on Friday, with 34 of the 72 women failing to complete either their first or second runs. 

However, the Bobcats just missed a pair of top-15 finishes, with senior captain Hannah Johnson (Incline Village, Nev.) recording a two-run time of 2:15.06, good for 16th place, 25 carnival points and 15 NCAA points. 

Women's alpine's 55 carnival points in the GS left the Bobcats six points ahead of seventh-place Williams and 21 points behind fifth-place Colby. 

In the men's giant slalom, 46 out of the 76 collegiate skiers failed to finish both of their runs. The Bobcats picked up 15 carnival points thanks to first-year Joe Gillis (Branford, Conn.) who came in 27th place with a two-run combined time of 2:11.22, earning himself four NCAA points. 

Combined, the Bates men's and women's alpine and Nordic skiing teams sit in ninth place out of 15 schools with 169 carnival points upon the completion of day one of the UVM Carnival. The alpine teams will compete in the slalom on Saturday to wrap up the two-day competition.