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Aunes Earns Rookie of the Year Honor; Five Make All-Division Teams

Aunes Earns Rookie of the Year Honor; Five Make All-Division Teams

CASTLETON, Vt. – Earning the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference (ECSC) MacConnell Division Rookie of the Year, Li Aunes leads five Castleton University women's alpine ski team members in recognition on the All-Division team.

Aunes completed her first collegiate regular season with 534 points in the MacConnell individual standings, which was good enough for fourth place overall. The freshman from Bromma, Sweden completed all 10 regular-season races and earned a top 10 finish in each outing. Via three slalom victories and single runner-up result, Aunes made the podium four times.

Topping the All-MacConnell Division Team for Castleton was Linn Ljungemo who tied for second with Babson College's Elizabeth Baer. The two skiers collected 545 points each during the season, finishing 125 points behind the leader. Coincidentally, Baer and Ljungemo tied for first place during the giant slalom at West Mountain earlier in the season. The latter claimed another victory during the season as well as four other finishes in the top 3.

Further representing Castleton, Kylie Mackie rounded out the top 5 on the All-MacConnell Division Team with 460 points during the course of the 2018 slate. The sophomore finished nine of ten races in fourth or better position. Mackie claimed one runner-up finish along with three third-place results.

Kirsten Kruk placed in the top 10 with the seventh-best point total throughout the season. Meanwhile, Keara Kresser earned a place on the All-Sportsmanship Team.

The women from Castleton University will go into the USCSA Eastern Regional Championships as heavy favorites out of the ECSC MacConnell Division after leading the division by winning eight of ten regular season races.

Babson College won two races during the season and finished in the runner-up position in the overall team standings. The University of Connecticut women finished third in the division, while St. Anselm College and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst placed fourth and fifth to earn the final berths to the regional championships.

USCSA Eastern Regional Championship action will be held at West Mountain in Queensbury, N.Y. and is slated to begin with the giant slalom at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.


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