NO. R-136.  House concurrent resolution congratulating the 2003 University of Vermont (UVM) Catamount Ski Team.


Offered by:  Representatives Heath of Westford, Pugh of South Burlington, Brennan of Colchester, Chen of Mendon, Connell of Warren, Dakin of Colchester, Errecart of Shelburne, Grad of Moretown, Head of South Burlington, Hube of Londonderry, Hummel of Underhill, Kiss of Burlington, Marron of Stowe, Nitka of Ludlow, Otterman of Topsham, Severance of Colchester, Sweeney of Colchester, Tracy of Burlington, Westman of Cambridge, Young of Orwell and Zuckerman of Burlington.

Offered by:  Senator Ayer of Addison County, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille County, Senator Bloomer of Rutland County, Senator Campbell of Windsor County, Senator Canns of Caledonia County, Senator Condos of Chittenden County, Senator Cummings of Washington County, Senator Doyle of Washington County, Senator Dunne of Windsor County, Senator Gander of Windham County, Senator Gossens of Addison County, Senator Greenwood of Essex‑Orleans County, Senator Kittell of Franklin County, Senator Leddy of Chittenden County, Senator Lyons of Chittenden County, Senator MacDonald of Orange County, Senator Maynard of Rutland County, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle County, Senator Miller of Chittenden County, Senator Mullin of Rutland County, Senator Munt of Chittenden County, Senator Scott of Washington County, Senator Sears of Bennington County, Senator Shepard of Bennington County, Senator Snelling of Chittenden County, Senator Welch of Windsor County and Senator White of Windham County.

Whereas, UVM’s superb men and women skiers set the pace on the alpine slopes and Nordic trails early in the season as they won three of the five eastern carnival competitions, including their home school UVM Winter Carnival, and

Whereas, the Catamounts then proceeded to capture UVM’s 28th consecutive Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association championship title under veteran director of skiing Chip LaCasse, the longest conference championship winning streak in any intercollegiate sport, and

Whereas, although UVM, with only 10 skiers participating instead of the standard 12, was at a competitive disadvantage at the NCAA skiing championship tournament held at Dartmouth College, the Catamounts’ awe‑inspiring performance resulted in a second place finish, and

Whereas, seven Catamounts earned first-team All-America honors, and eight team members were named to the NCAA Skiing All-America team, an award requiring the student to have maintained at least a 3.5 grade point average during the Fall 2002 semester, and

Whereas, special accolades are in order for Waitsfield residents, freshman Jamie Kingsbury and senior captain Scott Kennison, who finished first and third, respectively, in the NCAA giant slalom competition, and for sophomore captain Ethan Foster of Weston who finished second in the NCAA 20‑kilometer classical and seventh in the 15-K freestyle Nordic races, and

Whereas, every 2003 skiing Catamount, including Amy Cochran of Keene, NH; Kate Crawford of Hawley, MA; Molly Gray of Newbury; Anja Jokela of Shelburne; Jamie Kingsbury of Waitsfield; Emily Klemp of Lairium, Michigan; Marie Karzenecki of Springfield, MA; Madaileine Krebs of Ludlow; Jane Lemasurier of Staunton, VA; Eric Mascolino of Jeffersonville; Hilary McCloy of Bethel, Maine; Gillian McFetridge of Ottawa, Ont.; Ilke Van Genechten of Colchester; Courtney Wikinson of Rockport, MA; Lowell Bailey of Lake Placid, NY; Rob Bruggerman of Stratton; Jimmy Cochran of Keene, NH; Paul Epstein of Carlise, MA; Ethan Foster of Weston; Ryan Foster of Weston; Justin Hart of Moretown; Tyler Hughes of Killington; Nate Johansing of Steamboat, Colorado; Hunter Kaltsas of Stratton; Andrew Kastning of Crested Butte, Colorado; Scott Kennison of Waitsfield; Matt Knittle of Stowe; Toby McIntosh of Westford; Jordi St. John of South Londonderry; Brandon Smithwood of Concord, MA; and Dave Smutok of Wayland, MA is worthy of praise for a job well done, and

Whereas, UVM’s revered director of skiing Chip LaCasse’s role in the school’s athletic history is already, and most deservedly, legendary, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates the 2003 UVM Catamount ski team for an amazingly successful and exciting season, and be it further

Resolved:  That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Chip LaCasse, and to Director of Athletic Communications Gordon W.T. Woodworth at the University of Vermont in Burlington.