BEND, Ore. – The Castleton women's alpine skiing team placed seventh overall in the giant slalom on Saturday, led by two racers in the top 20 of the 97-racer field at the USCSA National Championships at Mount Bachelor in Bend, Ore.
The seventh-place finish landed Castleton seventh overall in the combined standings following the completion of both the slalom and giant slalom, as the team narrowly missed out on a top-five combined finish. Both Babson and the University of Connecticut tied for fifth place in the combined standings, just two finish places higher than the Spartans. Rocky Mountain College claimed the top spot in the combined standings, while Sierra Nevada was second.
Linn Ljungemo impressed all week at the National Championships, becoming the first racer in Castleton women's alpine skiing history to claim three-time All-America honors at a single National Championship. The sophomore finished 13th overall in both the slalom and giant slalom, good enough to place her at ninth in the individual combined standings to earn All-America honors in each discipline. Ljungemo posted runs of 1:11.76 and 1:07.83 in Saturday's GS race, good for a combined time of 2:19.59—less than one second outside of the top 10.
Kylie Mackie finished 20th overall on the day with times of 1:13.31 and 1:09.29 for a combined time of 2:22.88. Mackie's finish placed her 20th overall in the combined standings following her 34th-place finish in the slalom earlier in the week. Megan O'Shea finished in 27th place in the combined standings following a 38th-place finish in the giant slalom on Saturday. O'Shea raced her way to a combined time of 2:30.60 in the GS to finish third on the team for Castleton in both the SL and GS.
Cailtlin Houston rounded out the Spartan finishers on Saturday with a tie for 56th place, posting a combined time of 2:38.40. Houston earned the 46th overall spot in the individual combined standings following her 58th-place finish in the slalom. Kirsten Kruk placed 16th overall in the SL earlier in the week, but failed to finish her first run in the giant slalom. Kruk finished the week 71st overall in the individual combined standings.