Sandell captures 27th in NCAA slalom, fourth career top-30 showing at nationals

HANCOCK, Vt. - Saint Michael's College Alpine skiing sophomore Fredrik Sandell (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) placed 27th in the slalom on Friday during day three of the NCAA Championship at the Middlebury Snow Bowl. Following the Alpine portion of the meet, which involves student-athletes from Division I, II and III institutions, the championship concludes on Saturday with Nordic races.

Sandell single-handedly has the Purple Knights sitting in 18th place among 21 squads with one day remaining, compiling 24 points. A finish this high would be the program's best at an NCAA Championship since taking 17th in 1999, and would mark the 10th time in 12 national meets that Saint Michael's was among the top 20.

[NOTE: When the NCAA Championship finished on March 9, Saint Michael's was 20th out of 21 schools, marking its 10th top-20 finish in 12 trips to NCAAs. The University of Colorado won with 708 points.]

In a field of 34 qualifiers, Sandell nabbed 27th out of 33 finishers during the slalom thanks to a two-run showing of 1:43.71. Following each competitor's opening run, Sandell was 31st before a skier ahead of him was disqualified, allowing the sophomore to slide into 30th; with the order of finish for the top 30 being reversed for the second run, this allowed Sandell to take the first trek down the hill during the afternoon session instead of being slotted 31st. Sandell took advantage of that opportunity, as he was one of only four finishers to shave time off of his opening run, trimming 0.21 seconds to clock in at 51.75.

Sandell has now placed among the top 30 in all four events of his career during NCAA Championships, which included taking 29th during the giant slalom on Wednesday; only Keith Farnand '00 has more, posting six. Entering his junior year, Sandell remains one of just nine skiers from the College to ever qualify for an NCAA Championship, and one of three to compete multiple times.