WILMINGTON, N.Y. – Continuing his incredible rookie season, Paul Rechberger skied onto the podium with a third-place finish in the giant slalom during day two of the 2018 United States Ski and Snowboard Association Alpine Nationals.
Rechberger's bronze result is the best giant slalom individual finish in program history and helped lead the Castleton University men's alpine ski team to a fourth-place finish out of 20 squads.
The Wilhering, Austria native's 2:15.09 combined time was 25-hundredths-of-a-second behind the runner-up from Clarkson University and less than three seconds behind the national champion. With his third-place result, Rechberger has clinched his first USCSA All-American honor.
Castleton's second and third skiers came back-to-back starting with Oskar Eriksson in the 21st position. The freshman crossed the line at 2:22.14 after recording a negative second split. Following him up less than a half-of-a-second later was Cameron Heald with a combined time of 2:22.52.
Claiming the team title, Clarkson University had a total time of 6:50.56, which was less than a tenth-of-a-second ahead of Sierra Nevada College (6:50.64). In third and fourth, respectively, Rocky Mountain College (6:51.54) and Castleton University (6:59.75) finished.
Returning to action at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, the men's alpine ski team will take part in the USCSA National Championship slalom.
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