CASTLETON, Vt. – After finishing among the top racers in the ECSC MacConnell Division in the regular season, three members of the Castleton women's alpine skiing team have qualified for the NCAA Eastern Championships on Friday and Saturday at Sunday River in Newry, Maine.
Linn Ljungemo, Kirsten Kruk and Kylie Mackie have all earned spots in a field that features many of the top collegiate racers in the country, some of whom have World Cup experience under their belt. Schools in the field include the University of Vermont, University of New Hampshire, Dartmouth and Middlebury, among others.
Ljungemo helped lead the Spartans to a No. 2 finish in the recent USCSA Eastern Regional Championships, and was the team's top skier all season. Ljungemo already has one NCAA Eastern Championship appearance under her belt as she competed last year at Middlebury. The sophomore finished in the top 10 on 10 different occasions this season, with eight of those being top five finishes. She also claimed a spot on the podium five times—including a third-place finish in the giant slalom at the USCSA Eastern Regional Championship. Ljungemo was Castleton's top finisher in eight races, and finished second on the team three times.
Kruk had a strong sophomore season as well for Castleton, finishing in the top 10 seven times with a pair of No. 1 finishes in the slalom. Kruk posted a top-10 finish in the slalom at the USCSA Eastern Regional Championships last weekend, helping advance Castleton to the National Championships in early March. Mackie rounds out the team's qualifiers after posting eight top-10 finishes as a rookie this season. She was the second finisher for Castleton in nine races, and finished in the top 10 in both the GS and SL at the USCSA Eastern Regional Championships.