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Contact: Laura Sullivan

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BEND, Oregon. – MARCH 10th, 2017.  The U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) continued its 5-day long annual Collegiate National Championship today with men’s Giant Slalom, women’s Snowboard and Skier Cross, Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle, and men’s and women’s Nordic 15k Freestyle. Mt Bachelor is serving as host for all events over the five days of exciting competition. The weather finally cleared today, allowing for breathtaking competition and views of the cascades at every event venue.

The Alpine men wrapped up their competition with a Giant Slalom race on the Thunderbird trail. Rocky Mountain College continued their streak and took home another team Collegiate National ChampionshipTM. Sierra Nevada College was the runner up with Castleton University coming in a strong third. Findlay Nelson from Sierra Nevada College won the individual Collegiate National ChampionshipTM title. “I'm super proud of our men for making it back on the podium at these national championships,” said Chris Eder, co-head coach of Castleton University. “It was a total team effort. These guys sacrificed individual results for the betterment of the team.  In particular, senior captain Matthew Couture, a six-time USCSA All-American, had to ski smart and not give it his all to ensure that he finish on both days. At past championships, Matt has been a first or second seed racer. However, he gave up those spots this year so that other guys could have a cleaner course first run on both days.”

Nordic skiers competed in their longest event of the week, the 15k Freestyle. For the women, St Olaf College’s won their first Nordic Collegiate National ChampionshipsTM this year with Clarkson University in second. On the men’s side the University of Wyoming won another team Collegiate National ChampionshipsTM and Western State Colorado University was runners up. “Clarkson Nordic is stoked to have performed this well so far having won 4 of the 6 individual races,” said Clarkson University coach Jim Allott. It's been something of a pleasant surprise for us Easteners to compete at elevation. As always, the team enjoys the support and camaraderie of USCSA events and nationals are always a highlight in our season especially in a place as awesome as Mt Bachelor.”

Freeski and Snowboard events continued with team Collegiate National ChampionshipsTM awarded to Westminster College in the women’s Snowboard Cross and Men’s Snowboard Slopestyle, as well as The College of Idaho in women’s Skier Cross. Sara Beaudry, head coach of Westminster College, said, "The Westminster Griffins came to Mt Bachelor wanting to have a really good week. So far they have overcome the weather and have had a really good showing.  We have had some freshman really perform well and the upperclassmen are being super consistent. We are super proud of how we have done so far, but we still have one day and three events left. It isn't over till it's over!"

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 ChampionshipTM also allows for a greater number of competitors to attend the event, with over 230 alpine athletes, 210 freeski and snowboard athletes, and 100 nordic athletes competing this week at Mt Bachelor. 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 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.

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 138 colleges from coast to coast, fielding over 4,400 male and female Alpine, Freestyle, Nordic, Snowboarding and Nordic Ski Jumping athletes in over 300 events annually.

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For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Laura Sullivan at laurasullivan@uscsa.com