Women's Alpine Claims Eastern Regional SL Title; Advances to National Championships

Women's Alpine Claims Eastern Regional SL Title; Advances to National Championships

CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine – The Castleton University women's alpine ski team claimed its 10th consecutive victory this season and second consecutive United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association Eastern Regional slalom title on Sunday, cruising to victory at Sugarloaf Mountain.

The Spartans earned the win by more than 20 seconds, sweeping the podium and posting a team time of 4:20.65. Brown finished second at 4:42.28, while Tufts placed third at 4:42.86. The win also gave Castleton its second straight overall regional title, as the Spartans were the top team in both the slalom and giant slalom.

Karoline Rettenbacher topped the podium for the seventh consecutive race for Castleton, besting the field by more than two full seconds with a combined time of 1:25.04 after laying down each of the two fastest runs on the day. She was also the overall individual champion for the region after taking the top spot in Saturday's giant slalom.

Li Aunes finished second on the day, clocking in at 1:27.75, while Kylie Mackie's time of 1:27.86 gave her a third-place finish on the afternoon. Kirsten Kruk placed fourth, giving the Spartans a clean-sweep of the top-four finishers, posting a time of 1:28.87. Mackie and Kruk finished the weekend second and third overall in the individual standings behind Rettenbacher.

Castleton returns to the slopes at Snow King Mountain Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, March 12-16 for the USCSA National Championships.