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Hawkins Siblings Near the Top at USCSA Nationals
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The women's team finished eighth in the giant slalom.

The women's team finished eighth in the giant slalom.

March 10, 2006

SUGARLOAF, Maine - The Hawkins siblings are leading the way for the UMass ski teams at the USCSA National Championships, which began on Wednesday, March 8, in Sugarloaf, Maine. Sophomore Eliza Hawkins (Shelburne, Mass.) finished her runs in the women's giant slalom in a total time of 2:17.90, just .12 seconds shy of first place, to finish second. Her brother, junior Rush Hawkins (Shelburne, Mass.), placed eighth in 2:10.56 in the men's giant slalom. The women's team finished the GS in eighth overall, while the men's team placed fifth.

Despite Eliza Hawkins great run, the day was not all well for the Minutewomen. Seniors Shaleigne Collins (North Reading, Mass.) and Erica Mains (Hudson, Mass.) both failed to finish. However, senior Lisbet Rauh (Princeton, Mass.) posted a top-25 finish, finishing 22nd in 2:25.97. Freshman Amanda Lea (Fairfield, Conn.) rounded out the top three for the team, finishing in 61st in 2:47.24.

Rush Hawkins eighth place finish means he will be unable to repeat the remarkable feat of sweeping both the giant slalom and slalom. Hawkins became the first American in over a decade to complete a sweep at Nationals when he claimed both races last year.

Freshman Alex Zahoruiko (North Andover, Mass.) and senior Patrick Hofer (New Canaan, Conn.) also finished in the top three for the Minutemen, finishing in 25th (2:19.44) and 26th (2:19.60) overall, respectively.

The USCSA Nationals will continue through Saturday. The women's slalom is currently in progress, and the men's slalom will conclude the event on Saturday.



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