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Contact: Jay Moyer

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LAKE PLACID, New York. – MARCH 7th, 2018.  The U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) continued its 5-day long annual Collegiate National ChampionshipsTM today with a men’s Snowboard and Freeski Rail Jam, women’s Skier and Snowboard Cross, men’s  Alpine Giant Slalom, and a Nordic sprint race.

527 collegiate athletes representing 65 universities across 6 regions will compete over the 5-day period. This championship represents the best collegiate athletes from around the country. USCSA has member schools in every geographic region of the United States. Events include Alpine Giant Slalom, Alpine Slalom, Nordic Sprints, Nordic Relays, Nordic Distance, Slopestyle, Skier Cross, Snowboard Cross, Snowboard Slalom, Snowboard Giant Slalom, and a Rail Jam.  For a complete schedule of events, news, and results, and list of schools, please go to the official USCSA website at www.uscsa.com.

Day two of Alpine racing featured two runs of men’s Giant Slalom down the Draper Drop trail at Whiteface. Showing incredible teamwork, Clarkson University won the team National ChampionshipTM by a combined 8 hundredths of a second over runner up Sierra Nevada College. Clarkson University Head Coach Justin Sperry said, “I couldn't be more proud of this team and their performance today. Their hard work in a supportive and competitive team environment allowed them to push each other all year. A focus on skiing over results and support for their teammates allowed them to execute today. Thank you to USCSA and NYSEF for putting on a great race, and to all of our supporters, alumni, parents, and Clarkson University.”

Nordic teams had their second day of competition at Mt. Van Hoevenberg with the men’s and women’s Classic Sprint. Western State had another strong day, winning both the men’s and women’s team National ChampionshipsTM. “It was incredibly hard conditions to be competing in today,” said Christi Boggs, USCSA Vice President of Nordic. “The constantly changing weather made waxing extremely difficult, and tracks were filling with new snow constantly. Despite all of that, there was still great skiing and teamwork on display all day!”

In the Rail Jam and Cross venues, Westminster College again won both snowboard events of the day, taking home National ChampionshipsTM in both the men’s Snowboard Rail Jam and women’s Snowboard Cross. Sierra Nevada College won the team men’s Freeski Rail Jam, sweeping the podium, and Rocky Mountain College continued their dominance in women’s Skier Cross, winning the combined team title. In a nail-biting final Ski Cross heat, with less than 1.5 seconds separating 1st from 4th place, Juliana Damberg took home her first individual National ChampionshipsTM. Speaking about her experience on the Cross course, Juliana said, “the SkierCross course was a blast and it was very fun to meet the other girls racing and to participate in the event. The course was so much fun and I'm glad I got the opportunity to ski it so many times and get a little air. I wish that more of my fellow midwesterners competed but it was an awesome experience to compete with girls from all over the country. I'm already looking forward to next year!” Patrick Wilcox, USCSA Vice President of Snowboard and Freeski said, “our snowboarders and freeskiers have had two great days of competition here at Lake Placid at the SkierCross an d Rail Jam venues.  I am very excited for Thursday’s first ever USCSA Snowboard Slalom competition to get underway.”

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 ChampionshipsTM also allows for a greater number of competitors to attend the event, with over 210 alpine athletes, 210 freeski and snowboard athletes, and 100 nordic athletes competing this week in Lake Placid. Teams began their quest to qualify for the U.S. Collegiate Skiing and Snowboarding National ChampionshipsTM in their local conference competitions, held across 11 conferences spanning the nation, this January. 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.

It's been so exciting to watch all these athletes from across the country participate in our Championships. Watching the camaraderie among teammates has been absolutely phenomenal,” said Chris Shumenko, USCSA Executive Vice President. “Despite a few challenges with weather, everything has been running smoothly, thanks to our awesome volunteers, athletes, coaches, and parents who are dedicating their time to make this the pinnacle event in collegiate snow sports. I can't wait to see what the rest of the week brings as we prepare to crown our National Champions!”

As the events unfold over next week in Lake Placid, please join the USCSA athletes, families and friends in celebrating this pinnacle of collegiate competition by following competitions either in person or online at www.uscsa.com. Team and Individual results will be posted daily online at the USCSA website. Check in daily for Live Video and Audio Feeds online at http://www.uscsa.com/broadcast

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. Team performance is emphasized within the USCSA, a departure from the typical individual or world cup scoring format often found in skiing. USCSA athletes agree that this team orientation fosters a team approach across their collegiate athletic and academic careers, and often the 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, Freeski, cross-country, Snowboarding and Nordic ski jumping athletes in over 300 events annually.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Jay Moyer at jmoyer@uscsa.com

Photo Information:

All pictures credited to Linsey Fagan. Athlete name and school is included in the file name for all pictures.