QUEENSBURY, N.Y. – Paul Rechberger's return to the top of the podium in the giant slalom on Sunday afternoon paced the Castleton University men's alpine ski team to the United States Ski and Snowboard Association Eastern Regional Championship.
Also topping the podium as a team, Castleton posted a time of 300.16 seconds (5:00.16) to edge out Clarkson University – 300.66 seconds (5:00.66) – by a mere 50-hundredths-of-a-second. Following this result, Castleton and Clarkson went head-to-head in several tiebreaking scenarios to determine the regional champion with the Spartans eventually claiming the overall victory.
Castleton scored three points to lead the way, while Clarkson was second with 3.5 points. In another nail-biter, Babson College (7 points) and the University of Connecticut (7.5 points) were separated by a half point for third and fourth, respectively. Rounding out the teams advancing to nationals was Bowdoin College with 10 points.
Individually, Rechberger tallied the top time (1:37.99) by nearly a second over the next closest competitor in Clarkson's Thomas Daigle (1:38.73). Combined with his fifth-place finish on Saturday, the freshman topped the overall standings to become the USCSA Eastern Regional Individual Champion.
Jan Klindic overcame some early hurdles to post the third-fastest second-run and move up the rankings to sixth (1:40.90). Adding his bronze finish in the slalom on Saturday, the sophomore placed fourth overall.
Similar to Klindic, Anton Smith improved from the morning run by clocking the fifth-fastest afternoon split. He placed ninth overall after including his results from the slalom. Rounding out the order for Castleton was Oskar Eriksson (1:41.83) and Cameron Heald (1:42.22).
Castleton now heads to Whiteface Mountain for the USCSA National Championship beginning on March 6. Following the women's giant slalom on opening day, the men will take to the slopes on Wednesday, March 7 for the giant slalom.
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