QUEENSBURY, N.Y. – Taking first, second and third in the evening slalom on Saturday, the Castleton University men's alpine ski team swept the podium in an ECSC MacConnell Division event for the first time in history.
Paul Rechberger (1:12.63), Anton Smith (1:13.66) and Jan Klindic (1:14.08) took the top 3 places in the slalom, each finishing within 1.5 seconds of the other. Led by Rechberger's third individual victory of the year, paired with Smith and Klindic's effort, Castleton cruised to a nine-second buffer over the runner-up Babson College.
Oskar Eriksson clinched sixth place with a 1:15.25 run, but it was his performance earlier in the day that really resonated. The freshman put together a new career-best time of 1:33.80 in the slalom. Also racing personal-best times, Carter Lawrence (1:35.70) and Neil Sheehan (1:38.23) raced to 12th and 15th places, respectively.
During the earlier races on Saturday, Castleton placed second in the slalom behind Clarkson University. Meanwhile, on Sunday, the Spartans (4:12.72) returned back to the top of the podium, downing Babson (4:14.49) and the University of Connecticut (4:17.43) along the way.
Wrapping up the weekend, Rechberger picked up his second win during the two-day span, which helped lead Castleton back to the top. The freshman collected a combined time of 2:02.24, which was 18-hundredths-of-a-second ahead of Macintyre Henderson of Babson. In third, Klindic put together another good run – after a second-place finish on Saturday – to the tune of 2:03.75.
Men's alpine skiing returns to action for a weekend of International Ski Federation-University slalom events at Proctor Academy in Hanover, N.H with the first race scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.
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