11 skiers earn national academic accolades

11 skiers earn national academic accolades

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Eleven Saint Michael's College skiers drew United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association (USCSCA) National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team laurels on Friday, being recognized for posting a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade-point average. Qualifiers must also compete at an NCAA regional championship, as six members of the Nordic squad and five Alpine representatives were honored after racing at the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Championship last weekend at the Bates College Carnival.

Six members from the Nordic program were lauded, as seniors Hallie Bergwall (Lebanon, N.H./Lebanon), Catie Corrigan (Canajoharie, N.Y./Canajoharie Central School) and Julia Snyder (Fairfax, Vt./BFA-Fairfax), sophomores Amy Duclos (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa) and Liam Schmelzle (Saint Louis Park, Minn./Saint Louis Park), and first-year Mitch McDonald (Prior Lake, Minn./Prior Lake) were honored. Snyder collected her fourth accolade in as many years, Bergwall and Corrigan claimed their third laurels, while Duclos and Schmelzle qualified for the second time apiece.

Five Alpine skiers earned recognition as junior Meggane Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée des métiers Ambroise Croizat), sophomores Danny Duffy (Warren, Vt./Green Mountain Valley School) and Torjus Grimsrud (Stabekk, Norway/Donski Alpine), and first-years Megan Dingman (Park City, Utah/Rowland Hall) and Anna Willassen (Jar, Norway/Persbråten VGS) each qualified. Grand earned the honor for the third time in her career, while Duffy and Grimsrud collected the accolade for the second time. Willassen is among three Purple Knights who will compete at the NCAA Championship next week.