CASTLETON, Vt. – Sweeping its way through the United State Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference (ECSC) MacConnell Division's major awards, the Castleton University men's alpine ski team saw seven individuals earn recognition from the conference and its nine member institutions.
Leading the way by claiming both major athlete awards – the ECSC MacConnell Division Skier of the Year and ECSC MacConnell Division Rookie of the Year – Paul Rechberger has continued his impressive freshman campaign.
Racing to five victories and three runner-up results, Rechberger earned the top spot in the ECSC MacConnell Division 2018 regular-season individual standings. Scoring 740 points, the Wilhering, Austria native topped the rankings by nearly 200 points.
Picking up the other major award, the Castleton University head-coaching duo of Chris Eder and Dale Solotruck was named ECSC MacConnell Division Coach of the Year. Fresh off leading the men's team to strong performances at the 2017 National Championships, Eder and Solotruck picked up 2018 right where they left off.
Earning recognition on the ECSC All-MacConnell Division Team, Jan Klindic turned in an impressive sophomore season. The Zagreb, Croatia native claimed the fifth spot individually by tallying 341.5 points behind four podium finishes. Placing ninth and 10th on the All-MacConnell Division Team, Anton Smith and Oskar Eriksson were two of just 15 honored.
Senior Connor Kelly earned a spot on the ECSC MacConnell Division All-Sportsmanship Team alongside eight other athletes. Picking up the institution award was the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The men from Clarkson University will go into the USCSA Eastern Regional Championships as heavy favorites out of the ECSC MacConnell Division after leading the division by winning five of ten regular season races.
Castleton University and Babson College battled throughout the season for the runner-up position with Castleton narrowly claiming the spot over Babson. The University of Connecticut finished fourth, while the men from St. Anselm College placed fifth to earn the final berth to the regional championships.
USCSA Eastern Regional Championship action will be held at West Mountain in Queensbury, N.Y. and is slated to begin with the giant slalom at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.
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