Alpine skiing teams net four giant slalom top-30 finishes at Dartmouth Carnival

Men's alpine skiing captain Michael Cooper was one of four Bobcats to earn top-30 finishes in the giant slalom at the Dartmouth Carnival on Sunday, February 17, 2019. (File photo by Steve Fuller/ flyingpointroad.com)

LYME, N.H. -- The Bates alpine skiing teams completed a long weekend of competition with the giant slalom races at the Dartmouth Carnival, netting four top-30 finishes on Sunday. 

Although Sunday's race was an official rescheduling of the Dartmouth Carnival GS, there was no team scoring. The Dartmouth Carnival slalom race scores were doubled to account for team scores last week, and Sunday's races counted only towards individual qualification to the NCAA Championships. 

Sophomore Hannah West (Bend, Ore.) and first-year Daphne James (Sausalito, Calif.) led the way for the Bates women. West recorded a two-run combined time of 2:05.91, good for 13th place in a field of 76. West's second run time of 1:00.71 was the eighth-fastest in the field. James turned her best performance in the GS so far this season, finishing 30th with a two-run combined time of 2:08.87. First-year Tess Coutu (Foster, R.I.) finished just outside of the top-30, with a two-run combined time of 2:09.25, good for 33rd.

On the men's side, Bates captain Michael Cooper (Alta, Calif.) paced the Bobcats with a 23rd place showing out of a field of 86 with a two-run combined time of 2:02.58. His second run of 59.25 was the eighth fastest in the field. Sophomore Joe Gillis (Branford, Conn.) also netted a top-30 finish, finishing 26th with a two-run combined time of 2:02.71. Sophomore Calvin Wilson (Canyon Dam, Calif.) impressed as well, coming in 37th with a two-run combined time of 2:04.57.

The Bates alpine skiing teams return to action this Friday and Saturday for the Bates Carnival at Sunday River, which is doubling as the NCAA East Regional this year.