Women's Alpine Lands Five All-Americans; Finishes Second in Slalom

Women's Alpine Lands Five All-Americans; Finishes Second in Slalom

JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – The Castleton University women's alpine skiing team followed up a second-place finish in the giant slalom on Tuesday with a second-place finish in the slalom at the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championships at Snow King Mountain Resort on Thursday afternoon.

The Spartans sat comfortably in second place with a time of 5:18.13, more than 17 seconds ahead of St. Olaf College, which finished with a team time of 5:35.78. Sierra Nevada College claimed the slalom title with a combined time of 5:05.62.

Karoline Rettenbacher led the way with a fourth-place time of 1:43.07, missing out on the podium by just .43 seconds across her two runs. Li Aunes finished in eighth place with a combined time of 1:47.22, followed by Kylie Mackie in ninth place at 1:47.73.

Linn Ljungemo and Kirsten Kruk finished back-to-back for Castleton, with Ljungemo laying down the ninth-best second run of the day to place 12th overall with a time of 1:47.85. Kruk finished with the seventh-best second run of the day to finish in 13th, closing her collegiate career with a combined time of 1:47.96.

All five racers for Castleton earned All-America accolades on the day for placing inside the top-15 after dominant performances, adding to the four All-America honors from Tuesday's giant slalom. In addition, Rettenbacher, Mackie, Kruk and Ljunegmo earned combined All-America recognition for their performance across the two races on the week.

Sierra Nevada's Misel Marovt won her second title of the week with a two-run total of 1:40.59 to top the leaderboard, followed by teammates Saana Ahonen and Eva Jazbec as the Eagles swept the podium en route to the team title.

Castleton concludes one of its most successful seasons in program history on Saturday with the dual slalom exhibition race at Snow King Mountain Resort.