Local Roundup: Dartmouth Men Fly Out of NCAA Skiing Gate

  • Dartmouth’s Brian McLaughlin broke a decade-long Big Green dry spell in the NCAA championships by winning the men’s giant slalom at Howelsen Hill Ski Area in Steamboat Springs, Colo., on Wednesday.

  • Dartmouth College’s Tanguy Nef races to a runner-up finish in the men’s giant slalom at the NCAA Championships at Howelsen Hill Ski Area in Steamboat Springs, Colo. Nef finished behind teammate Brian McLaughlin in the final standings on the first day of the four-day championship.

Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Steamboat Springs, Colo. — Ski the East? The East skied down the West for a fair part of the opening day of the NCAA Championships on Wednesday, and Dartmouth athletes had something to do with that.

Brian McLaughlin and Tanguy Nef finished 1-2 in the men’s giant slalom, giving the Big Green a solid start to the four-day championship. At Mount Werner, McLaughlin became the first Dartmouth alpinist to claim an individual NCAA race since Karl Johnson in 2006, winning the GS in a two-run time of 1 minute, 49.22 seconds. Nef was right on his heels in second at 1:49.41. With a 16th-place result from Thomas Woolson (1:51.38), the Big Green recorded a meet-best 92.0 points, 10 better than host Colorado and 29 ahead of third-place Vermont.

McLaughlin is also Dartmouth’s first NCAA men’s GS champ since the second of David Viele’s back-to-back wins in 1999. The Big Green hadn’t claimed an NCAA title in any individual ski discipline wince Lyme Center’s Paddy Caldwell won the 10K Nordic freestyle three years ago.

“The first run was OK, but the guys felt a little off,” men’s alpine coach Peter Dodge said in a news release. “But the second time down, Brian and Tanguy both made little mistakes early, then put the hammer down and really got after it. Their times on that second run put a lot of pressure on the skiers that were ahead of them, and it really paid off.”

Montana State’s Addison Dvoracek held sway through the first run, clocking in at 53.93 seconds with McLaughlin fourth and Nef sixth. When Dvoracek failed to finish his second run, McLaughlin and Nef charged through the opening. Nef clocked a top second run of 54.68 seconds and McLaughlin was third in the late run at 54.85, just enough to get past his teammate for the title.

As well as things went for the Big Green men, they went completely the other way for the Dartmouth women. Two skiers, Stephanie Currie and Foreste Peterson, both fell on the upper half of the course for matching DNFs, costing the Big Green key team points. Currie had been sixth through the opening run, Peterson 11th.

With just 4.5 points coming from Alex Dlouhy’s tie for 26th place, Dartmouth tumbled to fifth in the team standings for the day. Vermont holds the lead at 134 points, with Colorado (130) and Denver (129) close behind. Utah has 103 points, and Dartmouth sits at 96.5.

The cross country crews make their debut today with classic-technique races at the Steamboat resort.

Women’s Basketball

Letkewicz All-Ivy

Hanover — Dartmouth College senior guard Kate Letkewicz was named to the All-Ivy League second team announced by the Ivy League on Wednesday afternoon.

Letkewicz finished this season leading the Big Green in scoring, averaging 14 points per game, and had five games with 20 or more points scored, including a career-high 29 against Yale on the road.

The Waterloo, Iowa, native grabbed Ivy League co-player of the week honors in February following her performance at Yale and Brown, where she nearly matched her career best from the previous night in New Haven with 28 points at Brown the following day.

Letkewicz inked her name in the program record books this season in six different categories, including 3-point field goals made and attempted. She also reached the milestone of 1,000 career points, joining 18 other women in Dartmouth women’s basketball history.

This is the third All-Ivy honor for Letkewicz, who was an honorable mention in 2017 and 2016.


Vt., N.H. Tourneys Juggled

West Lebanon — Wednesday’s impending snowstorm led NHIAA and VPA officials to juggle their tournament schedules, which affected several Upper Valley teams.

The Hanover High boys and Woodstock High girls hockey teams both had semifinals moved to tonight. The Marauders will meet Bishop Guertin at Manchester’s JFK Coliseum in an NHIAA Division I semi tonight at 5:30 p.m. Hanover claimed the team’s sole regular-season meeting, 3-1, in Tyngsboro, Mass., on Jan. 20.

The Wasps have a VPA D-II semifinal date at Stowe tonight at 7:30 p.m.; should school be cancelled today, that contest would be bumped to Friday at 5:15 p.m., also in Stowe. The Wasps and Raiders split a pair of 3-2 decisions during the regular season.

In other tournament action, the Mid Vermont Christian and South Royalton boys had their VPA D-IV basketball tourney openers adjusted to tonight at 7 p.m., the Eagles visiting Poultney and the Royals travelling to Proctor.

Rivendell will play its VPA D-III boys hoop tourney opener at Twinfield on Friday at 7 p.m.