Cooper paces men's alpine skiing to sixth in GS at Bates Carnival

Men's alpine skiing captain Michael Cooper led the Bates men's alpine skiing team to 6th out of 13 schools with his 14th-place finish in the giant slalom on Friday, February 22, 2019 at the Bates Carnival. (File photo by Steve Fuller/

NEWRY, Maine -- Bates men's alpine skiing captain Michael Cooper finished 14th out of 71 skiers to lead the Bates men's alpine skiing team to a sixth-place finish out of 13 schools in the giant slalom Friday at the Bates Carnival. 

Seeded 45th, Cooper (Alta, Calif.) turned in a two-run combined time of 2:37.92 to earn the Bobcats 31 carnival points. He also picked up 18 NCAA points. Junior Ryan Clermont (Lincoln, N.H.) also recorded a top-30 finish, coming in 28th with a two-run combined time of 2:40.07, earning 19 carnival points and three NCAA points.

First-year Arie van Vuuren (Boulder, Colo.) rounded out the scoring for the men's alpine skiing team with a two-run combined time of 2:41.46, good for 16 carnival points.

Combined, the Bates men scored 66 carnival points in the GS, 13 points behind fifth-place Plymouth State and seven points ahead of seventh-place Colby.

On the women's side, sophomore Hannah West (Bend, Ore.) led the way, taking 19th out of 72 skiers with a two-run combined time of 2:42.30. West earned 25 carnival points and 12 NCAA points. First-year Tess Coutu (Foster, R.I.) just missed a top-30 finish, coming in 32nd with a two-run combined time of 2:47.11, good for 19 carnival points. 

West and Coutu combined for 44 carnival points, enough to propel the Bates women to a tie for seventh-place with Williams in the GS.

Combined with the Bates Nordic teams, the Bobcats sit in seventh out of 14 schools with 201 points after day one of the Bates Carnival. They are six points ahead of Williams and 17 points behind Saint Michaels and the University of New Hampshire.

The Bates alpine teams compete in the slalom on Saturday at Sunday River to wrap up the Bates Carnival, which doubles this year as the NCAA East Regional Championship.