LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Castleton men's alpine skiing recorded its fifth straight top-ten finish at the USCSA National Championships this week with a sixth-place finish in the combined standings at Whiteface Mountain.
Castleton finished tied with UConn for sixth after posting respective finishes of eighth and fifth in the giant slalom and slalom. Rocky Mountain College claimed the 38th National Championships with victories in both events, while Sierra Nevada College trailed behind in second with four points. Idaho (6), Clarkson (8) and St. Olaf College rounded out the top five in third through fifth.
The Spartans had three skiers finish inside the top 25 of the combined standings, led by Matt Couture, who earned All-America honors for the third straight season with 91.52 points in 14th. The junior finished 22nd in the giant slalom before placing sixth in the slalom to earn All-America honors. Connor Kelly tallied 151.29 points to take 20th overall, followed by Erick Robicsek in 22nd (173.42) and Tyler Smith in 57th (1042.50).
Along with the team's work on the slopes, Castleton had a pair of skiers earn Academic All-America honors. To receive this recognition, a student-athlete must compete in the National Championships while also having a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher. Those who received the honor are Couture and Robicsek.