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AU women’s ski team clinches conference title; men’s team finishes third

FABIUS, NY -- The Alfred University women’s Alpine ski team won at Toggenburg Mountain over the weekend and clinched the season conference title. The AU men’s team placed third at Toggenburg and finished third in the conference.

The AU women took second in both Saturday’s giant slalom and Sunday’s slalom to finish first in the combined team standings. With the win, the team wrapped up the United States Collegiate Ski Association (USCSA) Mideast Region Finger Lakes Division championship. The Alfred men finished third in both the giant slalom and slalom and finished third in the combined team standings and third in the season’s Finger Lakes Division standings.

Both teams have qualified to compete in the Mideast Region Championships, which will be held Thursday and Friday, Feb. 18 and 19, at Bristol Mountain in Bristol, NY. The top three teams at regionals will qualify to compete at the USCSA national championships March 3-6 in Sunday River, ME.

Senior Lauren Pfeifer (Livonia, NY/Livonia) won the slalom event, took second in the giant slalom and placed first in the combined individual standings at Toggenburg. Pfeifer finished the season as Finger Lakes Division individual champion.

Senior Ulana Bihun (Jericho, VT/Mansfield) and freshman Claire Dvorak (Tully, NY/Tully) were 10th and 19th, respectively, in the slalom for the AU women. Junior Megan Caggianelli (Clifton Park, NY/Shenendehowa) was 10th in the GS and 28th in the slalom and Bihun took 14th in the giant slalom. Caggianelli finished 10th in the Finger Lakes Division season individual standings and was named a division all-star.

Senior Joel Buchanan (Almond, NY/Scio) paced the AU men, taking 11th in the slalom and 14th in the giant slalom.

Senior Harrison Hendricks (Sodus, NY/Sodus) was 14th in the slalom and 16th in the GS; sophomore Steve Barton (Dansville, NY/Dansville) was 15th in the GS and 17th in the slalom; and sophomore Ryan Nanni (Batavia, NY/Batavia) was 17th in the giant slalom.