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Jackson Hole, WY. – MARCH 17th, 2019. The U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) concluded the week of competition for its Collegiate National Championship Saturday with the men’s and women’s Dual Alpine Slalom, men’s and women’s Snowboard Alpine GIant Slalom, and the Nordic Classic Team Relay. The week saw amazing weather nearly every day, and Saturday was no different, allowing competitors the opportunity to perform their best in one of the most amazing snowsport venues in the world. Jackson Hole Ski and Snowboard Club, Snow King Mountain, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and Snow King Resort partnered to host the event, with the Jackson Hole Tourism Board as a presenting partner.
513 Collegiate athletes representing 68 universities across 6 regions competed over a 5-day period. This championship represented the best collegiate athletes from around the country. USCSA has member schools in every geographic region of the United States. Events included Alpine Giant Slalom, Alpine Slalom, Dual Slalom, Nordic Sprints, Nordic Relays, Nordic Distance, Slopestyle, Skier Cross, Snowboard Cross, Rail Jam, Snowboard Slalom, and Snowboard Giant Slalom. For a complete schedule of events, news, and results please go to the official USCSA website at www.uscsa.com. To view our video broadcast archives from our 2019 Championships, visit www.uscsa.com/broadcast.html. Photos of all events are available online at uscsa.com/general-info
Nordic skiers finished their week of competition at the Trail Creek Nordic Center with the Classic Team Relay. Clarkson University’s men’s and women’s teams both won the relay events. Clarkson’s victory in the Relay helped them to also win the Overall Team Championship for the week, while Castleton University won the Men’s Overall Team Championship. Following the events of the week, USCSA Vice President of Nordic Christi Boggs said that “It was a fantastic week of racing! The venue, organization, volunteers were absolutely top notch. We had a fantastic week of racing. It was especially great to watch Ana Witowski sweep the individual races & Mitchell Hollman defend his Individual Overall Title. Also congrats to Clarkson Women and Castleton Men for the Team National Championships.”
Snowboarding athletes competed in a Giant Slalom race to wrap up their week of competition. Westminster College completed their sweep of snowboard events, taking home both the men’s and women’s team Giant Slalom championships as well as both team Overall National Championships in Snowboard Freeski and Snowboard Alpine. On the freeski side, Sierra Nevada College won both the men’s and women’s team Overall National Championships. “This week provided the uscsa with an elevated level of competition that we continue to see grow year after year,” said USCSA Vice President of Sport Doug Grayson. “It continues to be a pleasure to watch the athletes grow as we continue to expand the snowboard/freeski program.”
Alpine skiers ended the week with one of the most exciting events in racing - the team Dual Slalom. After three rounds of head to head competition, Rocky Mountain College won the men’s championship and Sierra Nevada College won the women’s. Team Overall National Championships were also awarded by combining the Slalom and Giant Slalom results, and for both the men and women Sierra Nevada College won titles in each. After the events, Head Coach of the University of Connecticut (UConn) Bruce Diamond said that “it was a thrilling week at USCSA Nationals for both the men’s and the women’s UConn Huskies ski teams. The kids could not have been more excited with the venue and the town of Jackson. Snow king has fabulous runs that were extremely well prepared for both the GS and the slalom as well as the parallel Slalom. It was a huge bonus to have such a fantastic and interesting town so close by. Everything, including the mountain is within walking distance. The UConn athletes and coaches have worked very hard for a number of years to enhance the caliber of the skiing of our athletes, and I think it really showed more so than ever with our results this year.”
USCSA is the only ski and snowboard league where colleges and universities compete and qualify for post-season competition as a team. This emphasis on team performance is a departure from the typical individual or world cup scoring format often found in skiing. Allowing entire teams to qualify for the USCSA Collegiate National Championship also allows for a greater number of competitors to attend the event, with over 245 alpine athletes, 160 freeski and snowboard athletes, and 100 nordic athletes competing this week at Jackson Hole. Teams began their quest to qualify for the U.S. Collegiate Skiing and Snowboarding National ChampionshipTM in their local conference competitions, held across 11 conferences spanning the nation, this December. Top teams from each conference attend one of 6 regional championships, which decide who ultimately qualifies to participate in events at the Collegiate National Championship. Results from all events can be found at www.uscsa.com.
The USCSA is the sports federation for collegiate team ski racing and snowboarding in America. The USCSA believes that student-athletes of all levels and abilities should have access to quality and exciting venues of competition. USCSA athletes agree that our team orientation fosters a collaborative approach across their collegiate athletic and academic careers, and often this mentality proves indispensable in their adult lives and careers. The organization includes 180 colleges from coast to coast, fielding over 5,000 male and female, alpine, freestyle, cross-country, snowboarding and nordic ski jumping athletes in over 300 events annually.
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