Jan. 26, 2006

Vermont Ski Team Competes in St. Lawrence Carnival This Weekend

The Vermont ski team returns to action this weekend at the St. Lawrence 
Carnival in Lake Placid, N.Y. on Friday, Jan 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28. 
Last weekend Vermont took first place in the Colby Carnival at 
Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley, Maine.

LAST TIME OUT … The Vermont ski team began its season last weekend by 
winning the Colby Carnival at Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley, Maine … 
Vermont finished the weekend with 639 team points ranking ahead of 
second place Middlebury (624 points) and third place Dartmouth (614 
points) … On Friday in the Women's Classical Sprint, senior Anja Jokela 
(Shelburne, Vt.) came in first place while freshman Marion Solbjorg 
(Lillehammer, Norway) was third and Emilia DeMarchis (Burlington, Vt.) 
was fourth … Senior assistant captain Molly Gray (Newbury, Vt.) picked 
up a 15th place finish and junior Carina Hamel (Southampton, Mass.) was 
19th … In Friday’s Men's Classical Sprint, freshman Juergen Uhl 
(Muhlenbach, Germany) was the top racer with senior captain Anders 
Osthus (Duluth, Minn.) finishing fourth and senior Ryan Foster (Weston, 
Vt.) coming in eighth place … On Saturday in the women's 15k freestyle 
the women’s nordic team took home the top six spots … Hamel led the 
pack for the Catamounts taking first place … Vermont would also claim 
the next five spots with DeMarchis finishing second, Jokela placing 
third, Solbjorg was fourth, freshman Katrina Howe (Gilford, N.H.) was 
fifth and senior captain Kate Crawford (Hawley, Mass.) finished sixth … 
Gray came in 14th place … In the men’s 20k freestyle, Osthus finished 
first, while Foster was 10th and Uhl finished 11th … In Saturday’s 
women's slalom senior tri-captain Jamie Kingsbury (Waitsfield, Vt.) 
grabbed a second place finish … Senior Amy Cochran (Keene, N.H.) 
followed with a fifth place showing and sophomore Ashley Spina 
(Guildhall, Vt.) was sixth … In the men's slalom sophomore Sam Beck 
(Norwich, Vt.) was eighth and senior tri-captain Paul Epstein 
(Carlisle, Mass.) finished 18th … In Sunday’s final day of racing 
Kingsbury, a two-time national champion in the giant slalom, led the 
way for women’s alpine team taking first place in the GS … Senior 
Hilary McCloy (Sunapee, N.H.) finished less than one second behind to 
take second place … Cochran was sixth while Spina was seventh … 
Freshman Julie Czesnowski (Killington, Vt.) was eighth and sophomore 
Jilyne McDonald (Bellevue, Wash.) finished 11th … In the men’s giant 
slalom sophomore Greg Hardy (Stratton, Vt.), the defending national 
champion in the GS, finished fourth and Epstein came in 11th place for 
the Catamounts.

Cochran and Kris Freeman are former Catamount skiers that will be 
competing in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy. Bailey, a 
three-time All-American at Vermont, earned a spot on the US Biathlon 
Team. Last season he led the Catamounts to a second place finish in the 
NCAA Championships. Cochran, a former standout on the UVM men’s alpine 
team, was named to the US Ski Team on Wednesday. Cochran skied for the 
Catamounts for just one season in 2003, but earned All-American honors 
that year. Freeman, a former nordic standout, skied for the Catamounts 
for one season before moving on to train with the US Ski Team on a 
full-time basis. He was named to the US Cross Country Ski Team for the 
2006 Games. While at Vermont, he earned All-America honors at the NCAA 
Championships in 2000 and competed in the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt 
Lake City. The 2006 Winter Olympic Games run from February 10 to 
February 26 and NBC will carry much of the action on its family of 
networks (NBC affiliate, MSNBC, CNBC, USA).

graduates will also be in Torino as coaches for the US Ski Team. Johno 
McBride ’88 is the head speed coach for the US Ski Team, while Jesse 
Hunt ’90 is the alpine director for the squad. Hunt was a two-time 
All-American at Vermont. Trond Nystad, inducted into the UVM Athletic 
Hall of Fame two years ago, will serve as the head cross-country coach 
for the US Ski Team. He won the NCAA Championship in the 20K classical 
in 1992, leading Vermont to the national championship that year. Nystad 
was also a three-time All-American during his nordic career.

ALL-AMERICANS … Last season the Catamounts had seven All-Americans: 
Lowell Bailey ’05 (nordic), Amy Cochran (alpine), Paul Epstein 
(alpine), Ethan Foster ‘05 (nordic), Greg Hardy (alpine), Jilyne 
McDonald (alpine) and Jamie Kingsbury (alpine). Vermont has had a total 
of 278 All-Americans in its ski history.

HEAD OF THE CLASS … The Vermont ski team has six student-athletes on 
the 2006 roster that were named NCAA Academic All-Americans last 
season: Amy Cochran, Kate Crawford, Emilia DeMarchis, Molly Gray, Anja 
Jokela and Hilary McCloy all earned the honor.

VERMONT CARNIVAL … The Vermont Ski Carnival is scheduled for Friday, 
Feb. 3 and Saturday, Feb. 4 in Stowe, Vt. On Saturday after a day of 
skiing or cheering on the Vermont Ski Team fans, friends and family are 
invited to Stoweflake for an afternoon reception and family-friendly 
activities such as sleigh rides and ice skating (bring your own 
skates!). Alpine coach Bill Reichelt, nordic coach Alan Serrano and the 
Vermont skiers will be on hand to join in the festivities. More details 
are listed below:

Saturday, February 4, 2006
4pm – 6pm

Stoweflake Resort & Conference Center
1746 Mountain Road
Stowe, Vt.

Register online at or by calling 
1-888-458-8691. There is no cost for this event.
NCAA SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS … This year’s NCAA Ski Championships are in 
Steamboat, Colo. The NCAA’s were last in Steamboat in 1993 and the 
Catamounts took home a second place finish that year.

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Chris Wojcik
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications
University of Vermont
Phone: 802-656-1110
Fax: 802-656-8328
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