JACKSON HOLE, Wyo. – The Castleton University women's alpine ski team concluded a record-setting season at the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championships this week, registering a second-place overall finish while claiming 13 All-America honors on the slopes.
The Spartans finished in second place across the board, earning a No. 2 finish in the slalom, giant slalom, dual slalom and combined standings. The second-place overall finish was the best-ever for the Spartans at the National Championships, topping their third-place finish from a season ago. The second-place result in the giant slalom also set a program record, while the second-place GS finish tied the program's best mark from a year ago.
Karoline Rettenbacher, Kylie Mackie and Kirsten Kruk finished in the top-15 of each race, each earning a total of three All-America honors for slalom, giant slalom and combined performances. Linn Ljungemo was a two-time All-America recipient in the slalom and the combined, while Lena Soehnle earned GS All-America accolades and Li Aunes earned an All-America nod in the slalom. It is the second time in Mackie's career that she is a three-time All-American at a single championship.
The Spartans also had three Scholar All-Americans, as Ljungemo, Rettenbacher and Soehnle were honored for their performance both in the classroom and on the slopes.
Castleton was also named the winner of the Presidents Award, an honor bestowed upon the school that has the best combined finish between both its alpine and nordic ski programs at the event. The Spartans narrowly edged out St. Olaf College for the award, while Rocky Mountain College was third in the Presidents Award standings.