D-I girls’ Alpine skiing: Shannon wins 3rd straight GS title to lead Concord to 4th

Monitor staff
Published: 2/14/2022 10:47:21 PM

Anyone following the Olympics knows that even the best skiers in the world miss a gate. 

Concord senior Savanah Shannon missed the second to last gate to get disqualified from the slalom, but she won her third straight individual giant slalom title at the Division I girls’ Alpine skiing championship at Gunstock, and blew away the field with a 36.70 second run in her second attempt of the afternoon slalom, the best of the day by more than two seconds.

Shannon was the three-time defending D-I champion in the slalom and two-time defending champion in the GS entering Monday’s championship. The only race she hadn’t won at the state level was a runner-up finish in the GS her freshman year.

Concord’s Charlotte Summerlin had a similar fate in the GS, falling on her first of two runs in the GS in the morning session, but following it up with the eighth-best GS race of the day.

The Tide was undefeated prior to the team’s regular-season finale last Friday and came into the championships with hopes of a title, but still competed well in a fourth-place finish, the same spot Concord finished in last year.

“Unfortunately, ski racing is a two-run event,” said head coach George Golden, a 22-year coaching veteran for the Tide. “If everyone had skied clean runs, I think we could have had a chance of winning, but the best skiers in the world run into trouble at times.”

Portsmouth (717.5) topped Bedford (704) for the title, snapping a streak of four consecutive championships for the Bulldogs.

Keene (676), Concord (671) and Bishop Guertin (641) rounded out the top five teams.

Shannon won the GS with a combined time of 1:10.89, nearly four seconds faster than runner-up Brady Beland of Portsmouth, while Hannah Golden (10th), Lilly Merrill (28th) and Sarah Jenness (39th) were the other scoring skiers for the Tide in that event.

Golden finished sixth to lead Concord in the slalom, with Summerlin (10th), Abby Duffy (22nd) and Merrill (25th) also scoring in the afternoon session.

“It did not turn out as planned, but the girls gave 100 percent,” Golden said. “I’m so proud that all of the girls that raced today scored points for the team either in slalom, GS or both.”

Shannon, Golden and Summerlin will ski at the Meet of Champions on Feb. 24 at Cannon Mountain against the top skiers from all four NHIAA divisions.




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