Johnson, Romano bag slalom victories in FIS event

sports@adn.comDecember 12, 2013 

Carrabassett Valley (Maine) Academy's Sean O'Rourke negotiates a tight course with old ice, new snow, and flat light en route to fourth place in the first run of Thursday's FIS slalom at Mt. Alyeska.


The second day of the Alaska Best Water December FIS series, a four-day alpine skiing event at Alyeska Ski Resort, presented soft snow conditions that worked out well for Madeline Johnson and Patrick Romano.

Johnson won a women's slalom event by a narrow margin, and Romano cruised to a convincing victory in a men's slalom Thursday.

Johnson was the only woman to break 42 seconds in the first run and held a lead of nearly a second going into the second run. Despite going faster on her second run, Johnson's victory margin shrunk to less than a half second. She finished with a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 22.16 seconds, edging runner-up Sierra Ryder, who posted 1:22.59. Abbie Macey was close behind in third at 1:22.87.

The men's race wasn't so tight, with Romano posting the fastest times in each run. His two-run total of 1:14.69 was more than two seconds better than runner-up Wyatt Queirolo's 1:17.06. Romano finished his first run in 37.74 seconds and improved to 36.95 in his second run.

Racing continues Friday at 2 p.m., and continues Saturday at 11 a.m.

Alaska Best Water December FIS series

Thursday's slalom

Men -- 1) Patrick Romano, 1:14.69; 2) Wyatt Queirolo, 1:17.06; 3) Trent Balin, 1:18.30; 4) Sean O'Rourke, 1:20.39; 5) Jim Henderson, 1:37.50.

Women -- 1) Madeline Johnson, 1:22.16; 2) Sierra Ryder, 1:22.59; 3) Abbie Macey, 1:22.87; 4) Nicole Ritchie, 1:24.44; 5) Meghan McCormack, 1:29.08; 6) Sarah Lundgren, 1:29.22; 7) Leika Scott, 1:29.42; 8) Jennifer Rowland, 1:29.59; 9) Katharine Guest, 1:30.65; 10) Heather Desino, 1:34.49; 11) Liz Mitina, 1:35.21; 12) Lee Foden, 1:38.52; 13) Manya Montanelli, 1:40.96.


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