SNC Wins National Championships in Men’s and Women’s Skiing, Men’s Snowboarding, and Women’s Freestyle Skiing
Sierra Nevada College’s ski and snowboard teams completed an extremely successful cross-country trip to the United States Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association (USCSA) national championships, taking place March 6-10, at Sunday River, Maine.
The college continued its streak of dominance in skiing and snowboarding, now having won at least one team USCSA national championship in 20 of the last 22 years.
SNC’s women won the national title in giant slalom skiing as sophomore Matea Ferk earned an individual national championship, besting second place by more than a second. The women also finished second overall in the slalom competition, allowing them to repeat as the women’s national team champions, followed by Brown University in second place.
The alpine men’s ski team also captured the highly-coveted combined national title by dominating the field in giant slalom and finish second in slalom. Sophomore Luca Ricou won the overall combined individual title. The top-ranked team had all five of its skiers finish in the top six in the GS, to open up an insurmountable lead over defending champion Rocky Mountain College. SNC freshman Jaka Jazbec led the way by winning a championship in his first race at nationals.
The men’s snowboard team won team titles in slopestyle, halfpipe, and boardercross to successfully defend their national championship in the combined competition. Multiple podium finishes were highlighted by an individual title in slopestyle by freshman Brady Lem.
The women’s snowboard team won national titles in halfpipe and slopestyle en route to finishing second overall in the combined. Ashley Vander Meer led the women by winning the halfpipe and slopestyle events, while also placing fourth in the boardercross.
In only their second season of competition, the freestyle women’s ski team won their first titles in halfpipe, slopestyle, and the overall combined. Kim Smith won the overall combined national championship, while Katie Souza placed first in halfpipe and teammate Rebecca Roberts also claimed a title in slopestyle. The men’s freestyle team placed third in the combined standings.
Complete results are available at www.uscsa.com.