LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Castleton women's alpine skiing set a new program record this afternoon with a fifth-place finish in the slalom at Whiteface Mountain in the USCSA National Championships.
The Spartans secured their place in the top five after finishing with a total time of 4:40.66, just 0.56 seconds behind fourth-place Babson and 0.68 seconds behind third-place St. Olaf College. Sierra Nevada College had three skiers place inside the top four to capture the National Championship in slalom with a time of 4:20.67. Brown University trailed just behind in second with a time of 4:36.74.
All four of the Castleton finishers placed finished inside the top 20, with freshman Linn Ljungemo pacing the squad for the second straight event. In her first-ever Nationals appearance, the freshman posted an impressive time of 1:32.58 to earn USCSA All-America Second Team honors with a 12th-place finish. Senior Lisa Davis turned in another set of quality runs to place 18th in 1:33.78, while Simona Croccolo and Anna-Julia Storch tallied respective finishes of 19th (1:34.30) and 20th (1:34.50).
Men's alpine skiing returns to action tomorrow at 9:30 am with the slalom race, followed by the dual-slalom event, which both teams will compete in, on Saturday.