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

Sophomore Hannah West finished a season-best 17th in the slalom on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the Bates Carnival. (File photo by Steve Fuller/ flyingpointroad.com)

NEWRY, Maine -- The Bates alpine skiing teams impressed with four top-30 finishes in the slalom on Saturday to wrap up the Bates Carnival, which doubled this year as the NCAA East Regional Championship.

The women's team finished sixth out of 13 teams in the slalom with 59 carnival points, just one point behind fifth-place Williams. Bates women's captain Griffin Mueller (West Vail, Colo.) led the way as she has all year, finishing 14th out of 69 collegiate skiers with a two-run combined time of 1:57.12, earning 28 carnival points and 18 NCAA points. Mueller wraps up the carnival season ranked 15th in the nation in the slalom.

Not far behind Mueller on Saturday, sophomore Hannah West (Bend, Ore.) finished a season-best 17th in the slalom, recording a two-run combined time of 1:57.61, earning 25 carnival points and 14 NCAA points. West shined in the GS this year, finishing 21st in the nation after her 19th-place finish on Friday. She now ranks 34th in the slalom after a strong finish to the season. 

First-year Tess Coutu (Foster, R.I.) rounded out the scoring for Bates on Saturday, finishing 45th with a two-run combined time of 2:12.74, earning six carnival points. 

Men's alpine skiing captain Michael Cooper (Alta, Calif.) turned in the best performance of the day for the Bobcats, taking 11th place out of 78 men's skiers with a two-run combined time of 1:53.89. His second run time of 53.78 was the fastest in the entire field. Cooper earned the Bobcats 30 carnival points and he picked up 24 NCAA points. 

Cooper's season-best performances this weekend leave him ranked 23rd in the country in the slalom and 28th in the giant slalom. 

First-year Arie van Vuuren (Boulder, Colo.) also recorded a top-30 finish for Bates on Saturday, taking 29th with a two-run combined time of 1:58.81, good for 15 carnival points and two NCAA points. In his rookie season, van Vuuren ranks 38th in the country in the slalom and 39th in the giant slalom. 

Sophomore Joe Gillis (Branford, Conn.) rounded out the scoring for the Bates men in the slalom, finishing 38th on Saturday with a two-run combined time of 2:01.11, good for nine carnival points. 

The Bates men's alpine skiing team combined for 54 carnival points, good for ninth out of 13 schools. Bates finished just one point behind St. Lawrence and four points ahead of Williams.

Overall, the Bobcat alpine and Nordic skiing teams combined for 408 carnival points, ranking seventh out of 14 schools at the Bates Carnival. It's the Bobcats' best carnival finish this season. Bates finished 41 points behind sixth-place Williams and 25 points ahead of eighth-place St. Michaels. 

With the carnival season concluded, select Bobcats hope to qualify for the NCAA Championships, taking place March 7 and 9 at Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont.