Alpine Skiing 19th at NCAA Championship After Idle Day 3, Readies for Final Day

Alpine Skiing 19th at NCAA Championship After Idle Day 3, Readies for Final Day

STOWE, Vt. - After spending the third day of the NCAA Championship idle on Friday, the Saint Michael's College Alpine skiing team finds itself sitting 19th out of 24 schools heading into the final day on Saturday at Stowe Mountain Resort. The Nordic competitors finished their portion of the meet today at Trapp Family Lodge.

Saturday's slalom begins with the men's first run at 9 a.m. before the women go at 10 a.m. The men's second run kicks off at 12 p.m. and the women follow an hour later. A school-record five Purple Knights qualified for the national championship, marking the third time in four years Saint Michael's set a school record for qualifiers for the NCAA meet, which involves student-athletes from Division I, II and III.

TEAM RESULTS

  • Saint Michael's currently stands 19th out of 24 institutions with 17 points, narrowly short of fellow East Region competitors Saint Lawrence University (19) and Williams College (20) and within 40 points of 12th place in a tight field.
  • The Purple and Gold is ninth among 12 East programs.
  • The Purple Knight Alpine squads are 14th out of 16, good for seventh place among East schools.

MEN'S QUALIFIERS

  • Senior Guillaume Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée Général Ferrié)
    • 4th career NCAA Championship, matching Keith Farnand's '00 school record
    • 2-time All-America finisher
    • Only All-America skier in College history
  • Junior Colby Jordan (Charlotte, Vt./Mount Mansfield Winter Academy)
    • 1st NCAA Championship
  • First-year Ben Throm (Aspen, Colo./Aspen)
    • 24th in Thursday's giant slalom
    • 1st NCAA Championship

WOMEN'S QUALIFIERS

  • Junior Emilia Laffin (Chamonix, France/Lycée du Mont-Blanc René Dayve)
    • 27th in Thursday's giant slalom
    • 1st NCAA Championship
  • Junior Anna Willassen (Jar, Norway/Persbråten VGS)
    • 25th in Thursday's giant slalom
    • 1st Saint Michael's woman to make three NCAA Championship appearances

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP FACTS

  • Saint Michael's tied for sending the third-most Alpine qualifiers from the East, matching national power University of Vermont while sending more men (3) than the Catamounts (2).
  • The Purple Knights sent more Alpine skiers to nationals than regional heavyweight University of New Hampshire (4).
  • Saint Michael's is among just seven programs across the nation to send the maximum three male Alpine skiers to NCAAs.
  • At least one Purple Knight qualified for the eighth straight year, and for the 10th time in 11 years.
  • Seventy-four skiers from each gender are taking part in Alpine and Nordic races at the national championship, with 34 female and 34 male Alpine skiers competing, including 16 apiece from the East Region.