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Women's Alpine Sweeps Slalom at Crotched Mountain

Women's Alpine Sweeps Slalom at Crotched Mountain

BENNINGTON, N.H. – The Castleton University women's alpine ski team continued its early-season domination on Friday, picking up two wins in the slalom at Crotched Mountain.

The Spartans have won each of their first four races on the season, and posted each of the top-five finishers in the afternoon race. Karoline Rettenbacher earned her first career win in the afternoon session after finishing less than half a second off the top spot in the morning race.

Castleton posted a team time of 4:40.4 in the morning race, nearly 13 seconds clear of second-place Babson (4:53.32). UConn finished third at 5:00.31, while Brown (5:03.86) and Clarkson (5:08.13) rounded out the top five.

In the afternoon sessions, the Spartans cruised their way to a big win with a team time of 4:57.09 while second-place UConn finished in 5:32.36. Saint Anselm took third at 5:34.57, while Babson and Clarkson rounded out the top five.

Rettenbacher finished second in the morning race with a time of 1:31.24, just .34 seconds off the top spot after laying down the fastest second run of the day. Kylie Mackie claimed third place, clocking in at 1:34.28. Kirsten Kruk, Linn Ljungemo and Ellie Frischmon finished consecutively in fifth, sixth and seventh place with times of 1:34.88, 1:35.11 and 1:36.51, respectively.

In the second race of the day, Rettenbacher earned her first collegiate victory with the two fastest runs of the day, finishing more than two seconds ahead of second place. Kruk claimed that second-place spot with a time of 1:38.79, moving up from seventh place after laying down the second-fastest second run. Frischmon finished third with a time of 1:40.62, while Mackie placed fourth at 1:42.23 and Lena Soehnle cracked the top-five with a time of 1:43.72.