Grand Caps Career with Third Career All-America Finish at NCAA Championship

Grand Caps Career with Third Career All-America Finish at NCAA Championship

STOWE, Vt. - Senior Guillaume Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée Général Ferrié) capped his historic Saint Michael's College Alpine skiing career by placing fourth in the slalom on Saturday on the final day of the NCAA Championship at Stowe Mountain Resort, earning his third career All-America finish in the process. Grand, the lone All-America skier in College annals, landed his initial first-team nod and was the top skier from the East Region.

As a team, the Purple Knights took 13th out of 24 schools with 72 points, coming within one placement and one point of school records they set last year. 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 finished 13th out of 24 institutions with 72 points, coming within one placement and one point of program marks it set last year. The Purple and Gold trailed Colby College (83) by only 11 points.
  • The 55 points the Purple Knights registered on Saturday were a school mark for a single day at NCAAs.
  • Saint Michael's took sixth out of 12 East schools.
  • The Purple Knight Alpine squads were 10th out of 16, good for fourth place among East schools, behind only Dartmouth College (256), the University of Vermont (230) and the University of New Hampshire (131).
  • The men were ninth in the Alpine field with 60 of those points, narrowly trailing New Hampshire (63), Montana State University (70.5) and Colorado University (71).
  • During the slalom alone, the Saint Michael's men and women placed eighth nationally behind 55 points, good for third in the East, trailing only UVM (126) and Dartmouth (88). The men themselves took third place in the event with 53 points, behind only the University of New Mexico (74) and Denver University (57).
  • Meanwhile, the three Purple Knight men who competed tallied 60 points during the championship, placing them 10th among male contingents, and just short of Middlebury College (74) and the University of Alaska Anchorage (75), both of which had the full complement of six men - three Alpine and three Nordic.
  • The University of Utah won the NCAA Championship with 530.5 points.

MEN'S QUALIFIERS

  • Senior Guillaume Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée Général Ferrié), 4th of 34 starters in slalom, 1:42.50 two-run time
    • 44th career top-10 finish, including 3rd at NCAA Championship
    • Within 0.17 seconds of third place and 0.34 seconds of second
    • Claimed his 3rd career All-America finish, all in slalom, but the first first-team qualification in College history. The top 10 finishers are named United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association (USCSCA) All-America, with the top five landing on the first team
    • Wore No. 5 bib
    • 4th career NCAA Championship, matching Keith Farnand's '00 school record
  • First-year Ben Throm (Aspen, Colo./Aspen), 19th, 1:46.16
    • Wore No. 33 bib
    • Posted third-best improvement in the event between starting position and final placement
    • Career-high slalom finish
    • 24th in Thursday's giant slalom
    • 1st NCAA Championship
  • Junior Colby Jordan (Charlotte, Vt./Mount Mansfield Winter Academy), 21st, 1:47.00
    • Wore No. 31 bib
    • Tied career-high slalom placement
    • 1st NCAA Championship

WOMEN'S QUALIFIERS

  • Junior Anna Willassen (Jar, Norway/Persbråten VGS), 29th of 34 starters, 2:00.47 two-run time
    • Wore No. 33 bib
    • 25th in Thursday's giant slalom
    • 1st Saint Michael's woman to make three NCAA Championship appearances
  • Junior Emilia Laffin (Chamonix, France/Lycée du Mont-Blanc René Dayve), Did Not Finish 1st Run
    • Wore No. 29 bib
    • 27th in Thursday's giant slalom
    • 1st NCAA Championship

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP FACTS

  • Grand closed out the most successful career of any skier in Saint Michael's history on Saturday. The only All-America qualifier, a feat he turned once apiece as a first-year, sophomore and senior, he is one of two four-time NCAA Championship qualifiers among Purple Knights and the College's only four-time Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) All-East honoree in the league's modern era. In 18 NCAA Championships, Saint Michael's has totaled 610 points; Grand has singlehandedly accounted for 144 of those points (23.6%). In 56 career starts, Grand placed in the top 10 44 times, reaching the podium - among the top three - on 10 occasions.
  • Saint Michael's tied for sending the third-most Alpine qualifiers from the East, matching national power UVM while sending more men (3) than the Catamounts (2).
  • The Purple Knights sent more Alpine skiers to nationals than regional heavyweight New Hampshire (4).
  • Saint Michael's was 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.