Women's alpine skiing takes fifth in slalom at UNH Carnival

Griffin Mueller placed 11th out of 59 women in the slalom races on Jan. 19, 2019 at the UNH Carnival. (File photo by Dennis Curran/EISA)

FRANCONIA, N.H. -- Bates women's alpine skiing captain Griffin Mueller finished 11th out of 59 skiers and the Bates women's alpine skiing team finished fifth out of 13 schools in the slalom Saturday at the UNH Carnival. 

Mueller (West Vail, Colo.) turned in a two-run combined time of 1:56.60 to earn the Bobcats 30 carnival points. She picked up 24 NCAA points as well. First-year Daphne James (Sausalito, Calif.) turned in an impressive performance as well, finishing in 23rd place with a two-run combined time of 1:59.83, good for 22 carnival points and eight NCAA points. Fellow first-year Tess Coutu (Foster, R.I.) just missed a top-30 finish, taking 31st with a two-run combined time of 2:03.26, good for 15 carnival points.

The Bates women's team's 67 carnival points placed the Bobcats two points ahead of sixth-place Williams and 21 points back of fourth-place Middlebury.

On the men's side, captain Michael Cooper (Alta, Calif.) led the way, taking 17th out of 64 competitors with a two-run combined time of 1:49.21, earning the Bobcats 26 carnival points and picking up 14 NCAA points. Junior Tagert Mueller (West Vail, Colo.) also netted a top-30 finish, finishing in 24th place with a two-run combined time of 1:50.66, good for 19 carnival points and seven NCAA points. First-year Arie van Vuuren (Boulder, Colo.) rounded out the men's scoring in 33rd place with a two-run combined time of 1:52.47, good for 13 carnival points.

The Bates men's team's 58 carnival points in the slalom was good for 8th place out of 13 schools, two points ahead of Colby and 10 points behind Vermont.

Overall, the Bates men's and women's alpine skiing teams combined with the Nordic skiing teams for 397 points over the course of two days at the UNH Carnival, good for ninth place out of 15 schools. The Bobcats finished just six points behind seventh-place Saint Michael's College and 11 points ahead of 10th-place Harvard.

The Bobcats are back in action on the carnival circuit Friday, Feb. 1 and Saturday, Feb. 2 at the UVM Carnival.