2017 Alpine skiing outlook

2017 Alpine skiing outlook

COLCHESTER, Vt. - A school-record three competitors qualified for the NCAA Championship last winter, and each returns to a deep Saint Michael's College Alpine skiing team this season. Nine first-years join a 24-person roster that counts only three seniors, as the Purple Knights seek representation at an NCAA Championship for the eighth time in nine years while building upon the first All-America finish ever by a Saint Michael's skier.

COACHING STAFF
Head Coach:
Gus MacLeod '02 (7th Year)
Assistant Coaches: Jamie Bender '17 (1st Year), Nick Stagers (5th Year)

LAST YEAR
2016 NCAA Championship:
15th/21 | 11th/21 (men's Alpine) | 14th/21 (women's Alpine)
2016 EISA Championship: 9th/16 (combined with Nordic) | 6th/15 (men's Alpine) | 10th/15 (women's Alpine)

THIS YEAR
Returners:
15
First-Years: 9

FAST FACTS
Skiers who led team in 23 of 24 events during 2016 regular season return, as do those who occupied 39 of team's 49 scoring positions ... each of team's school-record three NCAA Championship qualifiers returns; a fourth returner narrowly missed qualifying ... those three single-handedly combined for a 15th-place team finish out of 21 schools at NCAAs, the second-best placement in College history, behind a program-record 50 points ... team's 24 skiers represent 10 U.S. states and three countries ... six international students is believed to be a school record ... team has two sets of siblings ... Alpine squad has sent at least one skier to NCAA Championship seven of last eight years.

KEY DATES
Saint Michael's opens the season at the Saint Lawrence University and University of New Hampshire carnivals on Jan. 20-21 and 27-28, respectively ... two of the first three February carnivals are within 75 minutes of campus, for events hosted by the University of Vermont (in Stowe) and Middlebury College, while the middle meet is the Dartmouth College Carnival ... the regular season ends with the Purple Knights' longest trek of the year, at the Bates College Carnival on Feb. 24-25. That competition will also be the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Championship and the NCAA East Regional Championship ... with the NCAA Championship in the East Region this season, qualifiers head back to New Hampshire for a meet hosted by UNH on March 8-11.

[ Torjus Grimsrud and the Grands talk about the season ]

SENIORS (3)

  • Nicole Cordingley (Litchfield, N.H./Campbell), women's team | 5th-year member of program | competed at 6 carnivals | scored in 2 events
  • Cam Furrer (Wolcott, Vt./Mount Mansfield Winter Academy), men's team | 5th-year member of program | competed at 2 carnivals
  • Abigail Hotaling (Fabius, N.Y./Fabius-Pompey), women's team | competed at 6 carnivals

JUNIORS (6)

  • Molly Carolan (Minneapolis, Minn./Southwest), women's team | competed at 3 carnivals
  • Ryan Collopy (Holliston, Mass./Mount Mansfield Winter Academy), men's team | did not compete
  • Ella Dorval Hall (Newburyport, Mass./Gould Academy), women's team | captain | competed in 3 carnivals | scored in 2 events with team's top finish both times | missed final 3 carnivals due to injury
  • Meggane Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée des métiers Ambroise Croizat), women's team | captain | NCAA Championship qualifier | competed in 7 meets | scored in 10 events, all as team's top finisher | 27th in giant slalom at NCAAs
  • Mathias Grimsrud (Stabekk, Norway/Donski Alpine), men's team | competed in 3 carnivals | 12th in Bates Carnival slalom during first career carnival
  • Molly Van Deursen (North Conway, N.H./Kennett), women's team | competed in 1 carnival

SOPHOMORES (6)

  • Danny Duffy (Warren, Vt./Green Mountain Valley School), men's team | competed in 6 carnivals | top 22 in 7 events | team's top finisher once
  • Guillaume Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée Général Ferrié), men's team | captain | NCAA Championship qualifier | NCAA All-America (first in school history) | EISA All-East | competed in 7 meets | top 12 at all 14 events, leading team 13 times | 9th in slalom and 12th in giant slalom at NCAAs; top finishes ever at NCAAs for Saint Michael's
  • Torjus Grimsrud (Stabekk, Norway/Donski Alpine), men's team | captain | NCAA Championship qualifier | competed in 6 meets | top 30 in 7 events | 26th in slalom at NCAAs
  • Pat McDermott (North Andover, Mass./Saint John's Prep), men's team | did not compete
  • Tristan McInnis (Holladay, Utah/Rowland Hall), men's team | competed at 1 carnival
  • Katie Miller (Mercersburg, Pa./Mercersburg Academy), women's team | competed at 1 carnival

FIRST-YEARS (9)

  • Megan Ahearn (Ringwood, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy), women's team
  • Zach Bouchard (Merrimac, Mass./Gould Academy), men's team
  • Megan Dingman (Park City, Utah/Rowland Hall), women's team
  • Lauren Dunn (Truckee, Calif./Sugar Bowl Academy), women's team
  • Kara Gailiunas (Warren, Vt./Green Mountain Valley School), women's team
  • Colby Jordan (Charlotte, Vt./Mount Mansfield Winter Academy), men's team
  • Emilia Laffin (Chamonix, France/Lycée du Mont-Blanc René Dayve), women's team
  • Erin Spence (Aspen, Colo./Aspen), women's team
  • Anna Willassen (Jar, Norway/Persbråten VGS), women's team