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Women's Ski Team Wins USCSA National Championship
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Senior Carolyn Lewenberg finished fifth in the slalom and seventh in the giant slalom.

Senior Carolyn Lewenberg finished fifth in the slalom and seventh in the giant slalom.

March 8, 2003

Truckee, Calif. - The University of Massachusetts women's ski team won the USCSA National Championship, Friday, March 7, with their third-place finish in the slalom event. This effort, combined with their team victory in the giant slalom on Wednesday, clinched first place overall.

Leading the Minutewomen was senior Carolyn Lewenberg (Newton, Mass.), as she posted a fifth place time of 1:46.51. Sophomore Nikki Smith (Okemos, Mich.) registered a time of 1:49.08, placing her ninth. Senior captain Molly Lyon (Pittsfield, Mass.) was the third point-scorer for UMass, placing 12th with her time of 1:49.26. Also skiing for the Minutewomen was freshman Lisbet Rauh (Princeton, Mass.) who finished 25th, and freshman Caitlin Doughty (Quincy, Mass.), who did not finish the race.

"I am so proud of this team" said Head Coach Igor Vanovac. "They have been so dedicated and willing to work hard at every aspect of training all year and in the preseason, and it is really showing. It was pretty amazing for us as we were facing teams like Sierra Nevada who are near the top in the country every year. It is really just a great feeling for the athletes, the coaches, everyone is so excited."

At the giant slalom event on Wednesday, Smith led the way for the Minutewomen, finishing in third place. Lewenberg skied to a seventh place finish, followed by Lyon in 10th. Doughty registered an 11th place time.

The National Championship crown is the ultimate finish to top off a very successful season. The women have garnered almost every other USCSA award this year as they were league champions in the MacConnel Division of the ECSC, eastern regional champions, and now national champions.

All of the Massachuetts skiers will be returning on Sunday, March 9. The men's team concludes their national competition today, skiing in the slalom event.



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