Sandell grabs 29th in giant slalom at NCAA Championship, lifts Purple Knights to 16th

HANCOCK, Vt. - Saint Michael's College Alpine skiing sophomore Fredrik Sandell (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) took 29th in the giant slalom on Wednesday during the opening day of the NCAA Championship at the Middlebury Snow Bowl. The Alpine portion of the meet, which involves student-athletes from Division I, II and III institutions, concludes on Friday with the slalom races.

Through one day of the four-day competition, Sandell single-handedly has the Purple Knights sitting in 16th place among 16 squads that scored points, compiling 11 by himself.

Just the third Purple and Gold skier ever selected for multiple NCAA Championships, Sandell captured 29th in a 34-qualifier field thanks to a combined two-run time of 2:05.85, leaving him within 0.74 seconds of 25th. After putting together the 27th-best opening run, at 1:03.67, Sandell shaved 1.49 seconds off for his second trek down the mountain. In following up his 26th-place finish as a first-year at last year's NCAA Championship, Sandell joins Keith Farnand '00 as the only Purple Knights to twice crack the top 30 in the giant slalom at NCAAs.

One of only nine skiers from the College to ever qualify for the national meet, Sandell completes the 2013 season on Friday, as the slalom begins at 10:15 a.m. The second run is slated to begin at 1:30 p.m., and final team scores will be determined on Saturday following the Nordic races.