Meggane Grand Added to NCAA Championship Roster, Record Four Purple Knights at National Meet

Meggane Grand Added to NCAA Championship Roster, Record Four Purple Knights at National Meet

2018 NCAA Championship Alpine Skiing Schedule

Wednesday, March 7
11 a.m. ET - Men's GS (to completion)
2:30 p.m. ET - Men's GS (to completion)

Friday, March 9
8:45 p.m. ET - Women's SL 1st Run
9:30 p.m. ET - Men's SL 1st Run
11 p.m. ET - Women's SL 2nd Run
11:30 p.m. ET - Men's SL 2nd Run

COLCHESTER, Vt. - The Saint Michael's College Alpine skiing team received word on Monday evening that senior Meggane Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée des métiers Ambroise Croizat) will compete at this week's NCAA Championship, having been added to the roster of 34 female Alpine competitors from Division I, II and III.

Grand joins three teammates who had already qualified for the meet in Steamboat Springs Colo., as four Purple Knights are slated to take part in an NCAA Championship for the first time after three competed the last two years. Junior Guillaume Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée Général Ferrié), her brother, is making his third appearance after claiming All-America finishes each of the last two years, and senior Danny Duffy (Warren, Vt./Green Mountain Valley School) is making his debut. Sophomore Anna Willassen (Jar, Norway/Perbråten VGS) also appeared last year, as she and Meggane Grand become the first female skiers in College history to qualify twice for the NCAA Championship.

Meggane Grand was the first alternate from the East Region for the NCAA Championship, missing qualifying by one spot when the list of 16 was announced last week. The six Western schools all get a full complement of the maximum three competitors at NCAAs, comprising the 18-woman contingent. One of those squads saw a student-athlete injured during training and, due to only carrying three women on its roster this season, was unable to replace the injured skier. Thus, Meggane Grand gained entry as the next in line from the East.

A captain for each of the last two seasons, Meggane Grand took part in the 2016 NCAA Championship, also in Steamboat Springs, Colo., becoming to that point just the third woman from her program to ever qualify. She placed 27th in the giant slalom but did not complete her second slalom run. The senior cracked the top 20 nine times this winter, including taking 10th in the slalom and a career-high-tying seven during the GS at the EISA Championship. She finished only 0.40 seconds behind the sixth-place Willassen during that final race.

On Wednesday, the men's giant slalom begins at 11 a.m. Eastern time on Mount Werner at the Steamboat Ski Resort before the women's competition starts at 2:30 p.m. Skiers return for the slalom on Friday at Howelsen Hill Ski Area, as the women start at 8:45 p.m. and the men at 9:30 p.m. It will mark just the fourth primetime ski race in NCAA Championship history, with each contested at Howelsen Hill.

Eight of the 16 qualifiers in College history have now come during Gus MacLeod's '02 eight-year tenure as Alpine head coach, with those eight accounting for 14 qualifications. MacLeod, the 2017 EISA Alpine Skiing Coach of the Year, saw his charges podium once while claiming 19 top-10 individual showings this winter.

The NCAA Championship will be webcast live on NCAA.com/liveschedule.