WILMINGTON, N.Y. – During the final day of the 2018 United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association's Alpine National Championships, the Castleton University men's and women's ski teams competed in the dual slalom.
Formatted like a tournament with teams ranked in a bracket, the men secured the runner-up finish, while the women fell in the third round. The course was set on Whiteface Mountain's Lower Valley trail with a pair of modified slalom setups.
Earning a bye in the first round, the men's ski team faced a multitude of challenges on the way to the championship dual. Taking on Washington State University in the second round, the Spartans advanced by a 3-2 tally, sending out each of their skiers. In the quarterfinal and semifinal matches, Castleton raced against Babson College – slalom team national champions – and Clarkson University – giant slalom team national champions –, respectively.
The team of Paul Rechberger, Jan Klindic, Anton Smith, Oskar Eriksson and Paul Klosterman led the Spartans past both national champions. The fourth-seed squad entered the championship contest as the underdog against No. 2 Sierra Nevada College and despite offering a strong effort was unable to complete the upset.
On the women's side, Castleton also earned a bye into the second round as the third seed. Taking on The College of Idaho, which also benefitted from no contest, Castleton moved forward to the quarters. Knocking off Penn State University, St. Olaf College secured a contest against the Spartans.
Li Aunes, Linn Ljungemo, Kylie Mackie, Kirsten Kruk and Megan O'Shea represented the Spartans as they eventually fell to St. Olaf. The latter was unable to make a run as it fell to Rocky Mountain College in the semis.
As the season comes to a close, the combined individual and team results from the national championships are expected to be released and publicized in the coming days.
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