Sierra Nevada College Dominates at 2014 USCSA Nationals

The Sierra Nevada College Ski and Snowboard teams won five National Championship titles at the 36th annual U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) finals, held March 9 – 15th at Whiteface Mountain in Lake Placid, New York.

SNC earned First Place in Men’s Alpine Team Combined, Men’s Freestyle Skiing Team Combined, Women’s Freestyle Skiing Team Combined, Men’s Snowboard Team Combined, and Women’s Snowboard Team Combined.

Individual Combined Championships were won by SNC’s Katie Souza in Women’s Freeskiing, Ashley Vander Meer in Women’s Snowboarding, Marco Gooding in Men’s Snowboarding, and Jaka Jazbec in Alpine Skiing.

SNC’s record number of championships in 2014 is part of a long and historic winning record that is virtually unprecedented in college competitions. This year SNC secured the number one spot in five of the six team championship competitions it entered. In the sixth, SNC’s Women’s Alpine Team tied with Rocky Mountain College with 25 points, after which the tie breaker calculations, based on individual combined scores, resulted in a second place win for SNC.

SNC teams have claimed 300-plus individual and team national championships since 1990 – an impressive dynasty. SNC President Lynn Gillette commented,

“We are proud of our athletes, not only for the fierce competitive spirit that they demonstrate on the course, but also for their commitment to the type of teamwork that is the hallmark of USCSA competitions. To an individual, they are great athletes and great students, in addition to winning on the slopes they typically earn cumulative grade point averages in the 3.6-3.95 range. They exemplify SNC’s culture of competition – inside and outside of the classroom – and help set the bar for the whole campus.”


USCSA, the sports federation for collegiate team racing in America, represents over 88% of the collegiate programs in the United States. More than 150 colleges from around the country participate, fielding 3,800 men and women who compete in alpine, cross-country, and snowboarding in over 200 race events annually. Three tiers of progressive competition lead up to the nationals. Qualifiers within each of 11 conferences determine the participants in the 5 USCSA regional championships, the last step toward the annual USCSA Championships, considered the showcase event in college racing.

The Events

Sierra Nevada College alpine ski athletes competed in Giant Slalom and Slalom. Freeski athletes took the stage in four different events – Slopestyle, Quarter Pipe, Rail Jam, and Skier Cross – while the snowboarders dominated in five disciplines – Giant Slalom, Slopestyle, Quarter Pipe, Rail Jam, and Boarder Cross. See below for team combined results.
For complete list of individual and team results, refer to:

Women’s Freestyle Skiing Team Combined
  1. Sierra Nevada College
  2. University of Vermont
  3. Western State Colorado University
  4. Loyola Marymount University
  5. Lafayette College
  6. University of California – Los Angeles
  7. United States Naval Academy
Men’s Freestyle Skiing Team Combined
  1. Sierra Nevada College
  2. Western State Colorado University
  3. University of Colorado – Boulder
  4. Lafayette College
  5. University of Vermont
  6. University of California – Berkeley
  7. University of Nevada – Reno
Women’s Alpine Team Combined
  1. Rocky Mountain College
  2. Sierra Nevada College
  3. Brown University
  4. University of British Columbia
  5. Castleton State University
  6. Clarkson University
  7. Syracuse University
Men’s Alpine Team Combined
  1. Sierra Nevada College
  2. Clarkson University
  3. Castleton State College
  4. University of Connecticut
  5. Pennsylvania State University
  6. Rocky Mountain College
  7. Cornell University
Women’s Snowboard Team Combined
  1. Sierra Nevada College
  2. Westminster College
  3. University of Virginia
  4. The College of Idaho
  5. Ohio State University
  6. Lafayette College
  7. University of California – Berkeley
Men’s Snowboard Team Combined
  1. Sierra Nevada College
  2. Westminster College
  3. Western State Colorado University
  4. University of Virginia
  5. East Carolina University
  6. California State Sacramento
  7. Appalachian State University