Snowboarder Isaac Laredo at the 2018 USCSA Nationals
The SNC Eagles brought back 15 Gold, 16 Silver, and 9 Bronze team and individual medals from the 2018 USCSA Nationals in Lake Placid.

SNC Eagles Win USCSA Nationals

527 collegiate athletes representing 65 universities from across six regions met in Lake Placid March 6 through 10 for the annual USCSA (U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association) championships. As usual, the SNC Eagles produced impressive results. Both the Women’s and Men’s Freeski teams took their Team National Championships. Women’s and Men’s Alpine Skiing and Snowboarding teams all placed 2nd overall. Unlike the “star” focus of the individual scoring format typically used in skiing, team scoring showcases the athletic depth and cooperative spirit of the Eagles.

The SNC teams brought back a combined 9 Gold, 8 Silver, and 2 Bronze medals. Individual SNC athletes won 6 Gold, 8 Silver, and 7 Bronze.

SNC Eagles mens freeski competitor at the 2018 USCSA NationalsMen’s Freeski Rail Jam
Joris Grintalis was 1st in combined individual results for the men's freeski team at the 2018 USCSA NationalsFreeskiier Joris Grintalis
SNC Eagles womens freeski competitor at the 2018 USCSA NationalsWomen’s Freeski Rail Jam

The Women’s Freeski Team, led by Vilde Johansen with Emilie Amundsen close behind, swept the podium in both the Rail Jam and Slopestyle events. The men did the same in the Rail Jam, and took silver and bronze in the Rail Jam. The Men’s Snowboard Team put two competitors on the podium for the Rail Jam, led by National Champion Freddy McCarthy, and Slopestyle, led by National Champion Benjamin Hojnoski.

Both the Women’s and Men’s Alpine Teams took the National Championship in the Team Dual Slalom. Saana Ahonen took home her first individual Giant Slalom National Championship, followed by Mihaela Kosi in 2nd place. “It was a really tough day but the team worked really well together and in my opinion that’s why we won today. I’m happy to be an Eagle and part of this great team,” said Ahonen after their win.

SNC alpine skiier Saana Ahonen, GS National Champion at the 2018 USCSA NationalsGS National Champion Saana Ahonen
The mens snowboard team on the podium at the 2018 USCSA NationalsMen’s Snowboard Team
SNC alpine skiier Mihaela Kosi, 2nd place in GS at the 2018 USCSA NationalsMihaela Kosi

Top Performers

Women Freeski:
  • Vilde Johansen: 1st in combined individual results, National Champion in Rail Jam, National Champion in Slopestyle, 6th in Skier Cross,
  • Emilie Amundsen: 2nd in combined individual results, 2nd in Rail Jam, 2nd in Slopestyle, 3rd in Skier Cross
  • Bridget O’Brien: 6th in combined individual results, 3rd in Rail Jam, 3rd in Slopestyle
  • Sarah Lingg: 4th in combined individual results, 6th in Rail Jam, 4th in Slopestyle
  • Gabby Dodd: 9th in combined individual results, 4th in Rail Jam
Men Freeski:
  • Andrew “Shaggy” Eells: 3rd in combined individual results, National Champion in Rail Jam, 3rd in Slopestyle
  • Rals White: 2nd in combined individual results, 2nd in Rail Jam, 5th in Slopestyle
  • Cole Lyon: 8th in combined individual results, 3rd in Rail Jam
  • Joris Grintalis: 1st in combined individual results, 4th in Rail Jam, 2nd in Slopestyle
Women Alpine:
  • Saana Ahonen: 2nd overall in combined results, National Champion in Giant Slalom, 6th in Slalom
  • Mihaela Kosi: 2nd in Giant Slalom
Men Alpine:
  • Anton Waller: 4th overall in combined results, 4th in Giant Slalom
Women Snowboard:
  • Rachel Lightner: 3rd in Rail Jam, 5th in Slopestyle
Men Snowboard:
  • Frederick McCarthy: National Champion in Rail Jam, 2nd in Slalom, 2nd in Giant Slalom
  • Matthew Romanowitz: 3rd in Rail Jam, 4th in Slopestyle
  • Nicholas Strother: 5th in Rail Jam, 2nd in Slopestyle
  • Benjamin Hojnoski: 6th in Rail Jam, National Champion in Slopestyle
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