JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – The Castleton University women's alpine ski team raced its way to a second-place finish in Tuesday's giant slalom at the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships held at Snow King Mountain Resort.
The Spartans one-upped their finish from a season ago, recording a program-best finish in 2019 after placing third in the GS during the 2018 USCSA National Championships at Whiteface Mountain in New York. Castleton finished comfortably in second with a total team time of 6:17.82. Sierra Nevada College claimed the national title with a time of 6:00.34. Rocky Mountain placed third at 6:26.20.
Karoline Rettenbacher led the way for the Spartans with a fourth-place finish in her first-ever National Championship race, clocking in at 2:04.11 across her two runs. Kirsten Kruk finished eighth on the day at 2:06.55, moving up from 15th place after her first run with the eighth-fastest second run of the day. Lena Soehnle finished in 13th place for Castleton, clocking in at 2:07.16.
For Castleton, Rettenbacher, Kruk, Soehnle and Mackie each earned All-America honors for finishing in the top-15, the most racers to earn the award from a single school in the race. Castleton was also the only program at the event with all five racers in the top-25 after the end of both runs.
Sierra Nevada's Misel Marovt topped the field to earn the individual national crown with a time of 1:56.69, while teammate Saana Ahonen finished second at 1:57.32. Rocky Mountain College's Emeline Lafarge was third at 1:59.10.
Castleton returns to the slopes on Thursday for the slalom at the USCSA National Championships. The first run is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. EDT, 9:30 a.m. MDT.