CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton women's alpine skiing team returns to action on Tuesday, competing in the USCSA National Championships for the fifth consecutive season as they take to the slopes of Mount Bachelor in Bend, Ore.
Castleton kicks off the week with the giant slalom on Tuesday, before racing in the slalom on Thursday. The Spartans round out the week of competition with the dual slalom on Saturday.
Linn Ljungemo helped lead the Spartans to a No. 2 finish in the USCSA Eastern Regional Championships, and was the team's top skier all season. The sophomore finished in the top 10 on 10 different occasions this season, with eight of those being top five finishes. She also claimed a spot on the podium five times—including a third-place finish in the giant slalom at the USCSA Eastern Regional Championship. Ljungemo was Castleton's top finisher in eight races, and finished second on the team three times.
Kirsten Kruk had a strong sophomore season as well for Castleton, finishing in the top 10 seven times with a pair of No. 1 finishes in the slalom. Kruk posted a top-10 finish in the slalom at the USCSA Eastern Regional Championships, helping advance Castleton to the National Championships. Kylie Mackie made an impact in her rookie season, as she was the second finisher for Castleton in nine races, and finished in the top 10 in both the GS and SL at the USCSA Eastern Regional Championships. She was also Castleton's only finisher in the recent NCAA Eastern Championships at Sunday river, placing 72nd out of 95 NCAA racers.
Megan O'Shea finished in the top 25 nine times this season, including a 21st-place finish in the slalom at the USCSA Eastern Regional Championships. Caitlin Houston has six top-25 finishes of her own, including four top-25 finishes in the giant slalom.