CASTLETON, Vt. – Castleton women's alpine skiing delivered one of the program's best-ever performances at the 38th annual USCSA National Championships this past week, finishing sixth in the combined standings at Whiteface Mountain.
The Spartans took seventh in the giant slalom on Tuesday before finishing fifth in the slalom on Thursday to earn the sixth-place finish. This marks the fourth straight season that the women's squad has notched a top-ten finish at Nationals. Castleton's best-ever finish came in 2013-14 when the squad placed fifth overall.
Sierra Nevada College held off Brown University with three total points to claim the National Championship, while St. Olaf College, Babson and Idaho rounded out the top five.
Individually, Linn Ljungemo becomes the first women's skier to receive All-America status twice at Nationals. The freshman earned All-America honors in the slalom with a 12th-place finish before placing 12th in the combined standings with 99.27 points to earn the recognition for a second time. Lisa Davis fell just shy of those honors in 16th with 123.64 points, followed by Simona Croccolo and Anna-Julia Storch in 21st (145.22) and 22nd (145.48).
Along with the team's work on the slopes, five Castleton skiers earned Academic All-America honors. To receive this recognition, a student-athlete must compete at Nationals while also having a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher. Those receiving the honors include Croccolo, Storch, Ljungemo, Kirsten Kruk and Megan O'Shea