2019 Alpine Skiing Outlook

2019 Alpine Skiing Outlook

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Fresh off of sending a school-record four competitors to the NCAA Championship, resulting in a program-best 12th-place finish, the Saint Michael's College Alpine skiing team returns three veterans from NCAA Championships past to bolster a roster that counts six rookies among its 18 student-athletes.

COACHING STAFF
Head Coach:
Gus MacLeod '02 (9th Year)
Assistant Coaches: Jamie Bender '17 (3rd Year), Nick Stagers (7th Year), Meggane Grand '18 (1st Year)

LAST YEAR
2018 NCAA Championship:
12th/23 | 9th/15 (men's Alpine) | 11th/14 (women's Alpine)
2018 EISA Championship: 7th/15 (combined with Nordic) | 3rd/13 (women's Alpine) | 4th/13 (men's Alpine)

THIS YEAR
Returners:
12
First-Years: 6

FAST FACTS
12 different Purple Knights - six men and six women - earned NCAA Championship points last winter by placing among the top 30 in a race ... Purple Knights placed in the top 20 49 times, finishing among the top five on six occasions ... represented at NCAA Championship for seventh straight year, and for ninth time in 10 seasons ... school-record four Purple Knights competed at NCAA Championship ... three active members of program have NCAA Championship experience, including first All-America in program history, senior Guillaume Grand, who is a two-time All-America ... men's and women's squads took top four in a discipline 12 times ... set school records with 12th-place finish - out of 23 schools - and 73 points at NCAA Championship.

KEY DATES
Saint Michael's opens the season at the Saint Lawrence University Carnival on Jan. 11-12 before heading to the University of New Hampshire Carnival the following weekend ... the next three competitions are relatively local, with two in Vermont ... the University of Vermont hosts the Feb. 1-2 carnival in advance of hosting the NCAA Championship on March 6-9 ... the Dartmouth College Carnival is Feb. 8-9, and the Middlebury College Carnival follows on Feb. 15-16 ... Bates College's carnival on Feb. 22-23 is the final Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) competition of the year, and acts as not only the EISA Championship but the NCAA East Regional Championship.

SENIORS (4)

  • Guillaume Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée Général Ferrié), men's team | 3rd-year captain | 2-time All-America at NCAA Championship | 3-time EISA All-East | 3-time NCAA Championship qualifier | competed in 14 races | 10 top-10 finishes | team's top finisher 13 times | reached podium in Colby Carnival giant slalom | 13th in GS and slalom at NCAA Championship
  • Torjus Grimsrud (Stabekk, Norway/Donski Alpine), men's team | 3rd-year captain | competed in 11 races | 3 top-20 finishes | 2016 NCAA Championship qualifier
  • Clara Lopez Costa (Barcelona, Spain/Green Mountain Valley School), women's team | competed in 11 races during 1st year of NCAA skiing | led team during Williams Carnival slalom
  • Tristan McInnis (Holladay, Utah/Rowland Hall), men's team | competed in 11 races | scored NCAA Championship points during Saint Michael's Carnival slalom

JUNIORS (7)

  • Megan Ahearn (Ringwood, N.J./Immaculate Heart Academy), women's team | competed in 2 races | came within 0.18 seconds of scoring NCAA Championship points during Dartmouth Carnival GS
  • Zach Bouchard (Merrimac, Mass./Gould Academy), men's team | competed in 12 races | 10 top-30 finishes
  • Kara Gailiunas (Warren, Vt./Green Mountain Valley School), women's team | captain | competed in 2 races
  • Colby Jordan (Charlotte, Vt./Mount Mansfield Winter Academy), men's team | missed season due to injury
  • Emilia Laffin (Chamonix, France/Lycée du Mont-Blanc René Dayve), women's team | competed in 12 races | 6 top-20 finishes | led team during 2 races
  • Erin Spence (Aspen, Colo./Aspen), women's team | competed in 7 races | 3 top-30 finishes
  • Anna Willassen (Jar, Norway/Persbråten VGS), women's team | 2nd-year captain | 2-time NCAA Championship qualifier | competed in 13 races | 6 top-20 finishes | team leader 6 times

SOPHOMORES (1)

  • Abby Sullivan (Saint Albans, Vt./Burke Mountain Academy), women's team | did not compete in any events

FIRST-YEARS (6)