PARK CITY, Utah - Saint Michael's College Alpine skiing sophomore Brad Farrell (West Windsor, Vt./Sharon Academy) placed 27th in the giant slalom on Wednesday at the NCAA Championship at Park City Mountain Resort. Farrell was one of 34 male Alpine skiers to qualify for the meet, which is being hosted by the University of Utah and includes racers from programs at the Division I, II and III levels.
"It was a lot of fun, for sure," said Farrell, the 10th Purple Knight skier to ever qualify for an NCAA Championship, and the sixth Alpine racer. "There were variable snow conditions, so it was a little tough to get used to, way different than what we have on the East Coast, but it was a fun day either way. First run I had some nerves, but second run I was a lot more calm and tried to be a little more aggressive, but it didn't work out quite as well; I went a little too straight."
Seeded 30th entering the giant slalom, Farrell earned his 27th-place showing among 31 finishers thanks to a two-run time of 2:03.43. That put him in 11th among 14 finishers from the East, and tied for the third-best giant slalom placement ever for a Saint Michael's men's Alpine skier at an NCAA Championship.
On the first day of the four-day championship, Farrell delivered Saint Michael's four points to help the Purple Knights stand 14th among 16 schools. The Purple and Gold claimed a top-20 team finish during three of its past four appearances. Farrell is back in action on Friday for the slalom, which begins at 11 a.m.
"It's fun to race against a different crowd just to see how everybody's doing and how we stack up," said Farrell, who gives Saint Michael's an NCAA selection for the fifth time in six years. "I think I'll definitely be a lot more comfortable on Friday, good to get the first couple of runs out of the way, but looking to fire it up a little bit more for Friday."