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Contact: Laura Sullivan

LauraSullivan@uscsa.com

BEND, Oregon. – MARCH 8th, 2017.  The U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) continued its 5-day long annual Collegiate National Championship today with the men’s  Alpine Slalom, and a Nordic Freestyle Sprint. Mt Bachelor is serving as host for all events over the five days of exciting competition. The weather continued to be a challenge, forcing the snowboard Slopestyle events to be postponed until later in the week due to poor visibility.

Slalom racing continued today on the Thunderbird trail. Rocky Mountain College captured another team National Championship today, winning by 2.6 seconds over Sierra Nevada College. Andraz Reich-Pogladic from Rocky Mountain College also won the individual title. Showing how much the soft snow affected the course, the fastest second run of the day was from Castleton College’s Jan Klindic, who rocketed from the 30th position all the way to the 3rd fastest combined time.  “It was a difficult day under difficult conditions,” said Rocky Mountain College’s head coach Jerry Wolf. “Rocky did defend our Slalom title with Sophomore Andraz Reich-Pogladic winning with a commanding lead and two Seniors keeping pace in 5th & 10 for the team win.  Rocky's men have won a number of national titles, and 4 National championships.  Yet we have never defended the overall (two years in a row).  I believe that is what this year’s Bears hunger for, another mark in our schools history book.”

At the Nordic venue men and women competed in the Freestyle Sprint. Clarkson University’s women came in first place, beating second place St Olaf by 5 place points. On the men’s side, the University of Wyoming men took home another team event National Championship, taking the title over Western State Colorado University by 12 place points. Individual National Championships were awarded to Ana Witkowski and Charles Maitland both from Clarkson University. “The Western Nordic Team skied exceptionally well yesterday in the skate sprint,” said Western State Colorado University coach Ciera Freson. “Amazing results were posted by Nate Maddox and Kevin Geisen (2nd and 5th) in the men's race, and by Bob Maddox (8th) in the women's race. The team is feeling strong, fit and focused and looking to  perform even better on Friday, in the 15km skate. The event ran smoothly given the conditions and we are thankful for the work of the volunteers!”

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, cross-country, 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