WILMINGTON, N.Y. – Recording its best finish in program history, the Castleton University women's alpine ski team finished third in the giant slalom at the 2018 United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships on Tuesday afternoon.
Finishing on the podium for the first time, Castleton placed behind Sierra Nevada College and Rocky Mountain College. The Spartans raced to a combined time of 7:08.29, while SNC and RMC crossed the line at 6:54.35 and 6:57.29, respectively.
Taking place on Draper's Drop at Whiteface Mountain, Linn Ljungemo led the way individually for Castleton in the giant slalom. Recording the second-best second-run time at one point, Ljungemo's combined runs placed her 12th out of over 100 racers.
On the tail of her teammate, Kylie Mackie was second for Castleton by just 13-hundredths-of-a-second. Her combined time of 2:22.15, composed of the first-run split of 1:08.20 and a 1:13.95 second run put her in 13th overall. Mackie and Ljungemo earned USCSA All-America recognition with the latter receiving her fourth such honor.
Li Aunes was the Spartans last scorer and managed to put together the 12th-best run on her second time down the slope. Combining for 2:24.12, she placed 20th overall. Less than eight seconds separated the champion and the top 20 skiers.
Women's alpine skiing returns to Draper's Drop at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday for the slalom on day three of the 2018 USCSA National Championships.
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