siteLogo-07252013-cs.png

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Laura Sullivan

LauraSullivan@uscsa.com

BEND, Oregon. – MARCH 11th, 2017.  The U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) concluded its 5-day long annual Collegiate National Championship today with women’s Freeski and Snowboard Slopestyle, Men’s Freeski Slopestyle, men’s and women’s Snowboard Giant Slalom, men’s and women’s Nordic Team Sprint, and women’s Alpine Giant Slalom. Mt Bachelor is serving as host for all events over the five days of exciting competition.

The Alpine women were finally able to compete in their postponed Giant Slalom race on the Thunderbird trail. In extremely close team competition, Sierra Nevada College edged out Rocky Mountain College by less than 1 second to take the team Slalom Collegiate National ChampionshipTM title. The race for the individual Collegiate National ChampionshipTM was also a nail biter, but Frida Svedberg took home her second individual Collegiate National ChampionshipTM after an impressive second run. Referee of the event and coach of St Olaf’s Alpine Team M.R. Hostetter said, "The women finished out a tough week of racing by battling through fog and rough conditions for the GS, though It was impressive to watch the women finish out the week so strong! Congratulations to everyone!"

Nordic skiers ended the week of competition with the Team Sprint. The Wyoming men and Clarkson women continued their strong performances of the week and each took home Collegiate National ChampionshipsTM in the event. Runners up for the event were the St Olaf women and Western State Colorado University men. “St.Olaf had a wonderful week, the results were great, the athletes had a lot of fun and still studied quite a bit,” said Kevin Brochman, head coach for St Olaf’s Nordic tam. “This is a great event and a great way to finish the season.”

Freeski and Snowboard events concluded with women’s Freeski and Snowboard Slopestyle, Men’s Freeski Slopestyle as well as men’s and women’s Snowboard Giant Slalom. Collegiate National ChampionshipTM winners in the events were Sierra Nevada College in women’s Freeski Slopestyle, the University of Vermont in men’s Freeski Slopestyle, Westminster College in women’s snowboard Slopestyle, Sierra Nevada College in women’s Snowboard Giant Slalom, and Westminster College in men’s Giant Slalom. Not sure what you are looking for but here is a bunch of thoughts. “The weather conditions have been making it tough this week but the Bachelor and USCSA crew did a great job at getting competitions done,” said Jon Cherry, coach of Sierra Nevada College. “The collegiate events are different than the other competitions we do. We have to not only focus on what each rider can do but can we use them to win as a team. There us strategy involved instead of just having everyone go all out. Have to have at least three land/finish a run in order to count towards the team event. So we have to make sure we get at least three to the bottom. All five is what we want but that is not always the case.”

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.

# # #

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