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Ski Teams Complete Successful Weekend Highlighted By Men's First Place Finish
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Freshman Emily Shilletto continued her tremendous start to the season.

Freshman Emily Shilletto continued her tremendous start to the season.

Jan. 22, 2007

WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - After a weekend of skiing in nasty weather at the Plymouth State Carnival, both UMass ski teams found themselves in good positions once the weekend concluded. Due to the lack of snow so far this year, both days featured slalom races. The men's side, paced by Jason Small, finished in first on both days. Small was the first Minuteman to finish in both slalom races. The women finished in fourth on Saturday and in third on Sunday. Eliza Hawkins and Emily Shilletto continue to pace the Minutewomen. Hawkins finished first overall in Saturday's slalom. Shilletto was first to finish for UMass on Sunday, coming in third overall.

On a cold and windy Saturday, Eliza Hawkins finished a dominating performance by taking the race by over a second (1:12.30). Hawkins was pleased for herself and the team. "It felt great to finally put two runs together in slalom, which hasn't happened since freshman year. The team was also in first place after the first run which means we are finally starting to ski as a team."

Freshman Emily Shilletto continued her impressive start to her career, finishing in fourth overall (1:14.94). Rounding out the top three was Katie Weissman, who finished 31st (1:26.03).

Others that finished on the women's side were Amanda Lea in 40th (1:29.98) and Emily Zimmerman in 46th (1:34.99).

The men finished in first behind a solid team effort. The Minutemen placed four in the top ten and six in the top 13. Jason Small continued his tremendous start to the season by coming in second overall (1:06.33). He predicts many teams wins in the future. "It was great for the team to get our first win of the year. I'm looking forward to it being the first of many. And hopefully next time I can go a blink of an eye faster."



Rounding out the top five for the Minutemen was Rush Hawkins in third (1:07.82), Jason's brother Matthew Small in eighth (1:09.71), Andrew Hawes in ninth (1:09.72), and Alex Zahoruiko in 12th (1:10.94). Ian Hohmeister also finished in impressive 13th overall (1:14.83), but didn't place, making the team effort look that much more impressive.

Sunday featured another slalom race due to the lack of snow in New Hampshire. After finishing in fourth on Saturday, the women slid up a slot, by finishing in third on Day 2. Emily Shilletto finished in third overall (1:14.32), followed by Eliza Hawkins in fifth (1:14.99), and Lauren Levey in 24th (1:26.70). Emily Zimmerman and Maris Owczarski also finished for the Minutewomen.

Jason Small and Rush Hawkins finished in identical spots as Saturday. Once again, Small finished in second (1:07.71) and Hawkins in third (1:08.05). Ian Hohmeister finished in 11th (1:11.51), Andrew Hawes in 12th (1:11.86), and Travis Hopkins in 18th (1:13.72) to round out the top five. Alex Zahoruiko, Paul Lewenberg, Matthew Small, and Adam Pogorzelski also finished the race, but didn't place.

Overall, Head Coach Skip Fox was very pleased with how the weekend went. "I am very proud of how these young women and men performed at the PSU Carnival at Waterville Valley, NH."

The Minutewomen now find themselves in fifth in the ECSC MacConnell Division standings while the Minutemen are in third. Both teams look to continue their success next weekend at the Colby/St. Anslem's Carnival.

Updated Standings

Men Women 1. Boston College 1. Colby Sawyer 2. Plymouth State 2. Boston College 3. UMass 3. Plymouth State 4. Colby Sawyer 4. Brown University 5. MIT 5. UMass 6. Babson College 6. Smith College 7. St. Anslem 7. St. Anslem 8. UConn 8. UConn 9. Brown University 9. Babson College 10. MIT

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