STOWE — All six University of Utah skiers avoided a crash or a missed gate Saturday, lifting their team to its second NCAA Championship in the last three years.
Roni Remme wrapped up the program’s 12th title by placing second in the women’s slalom in 1 minute, 49.58 seconds. The Utes finished with 530.5 points, easily outdistancing runner-up Vermont (476). They were trailed by Colorado (third, 455), Dartmouth (fourth, 447) and Denver (fifth, 409).
The Utes entered the final with a 65-point lead over Colorado and attempted to steer clear from any unnecessary risks. The Utes skied aggressively but prioritized staying on their feet, leading to six successful finishes. Mark Engel placed second for the Utah men with a two-run time of 1 minute, 43 seconds. He was supported by teammates Joachim Lein (15th, 1:44.32) and Addison Dvoracek (23rd, 1:51.67). The Utes capped the victory in the women’s race, with Roni Remme matching Engel’s second-place finish with a time of 1:49.58. Erin Engeset (20th, 1:53.84) and Kristina Aasberg (21st, 1:54.15) added insurance, giving the Utes peace of mind with an insurmountable lead.
Vermont’s Laurence St. Germain followed up her giant slalom national championship with a winning slalom time of 1:47. Paula Moltzan (fifth, 1:50.09) and Millie Graesdal (23rd, 1:54.47) also scored points for UVM. Max Roeisland (fifth, 1:42.66) and Patrick McConville (11th, 1:43.44) led the UVM men.
Dartmouth had a chance to secure second place but struggled to match their previous success in the men’s event. Waitsfield product Drew Duffy was seventh for the Big Green in 1:42.97. It marked his second All-America honor for Duffy after he placed fourth in Thursday’s GS race. James Ferri was 22nd in slalom in 1:49.58 for the Big Green, while Tanguy Nef placed 27th in 1:53:67. Nef was the leader after the first run and missed a gate on the second run. After a brief moment of frustration, Nef had the presence of mind to hike up the hill and make his way up around the gate to contribute four team points. Alexa Dlouhy (11th, 1:52.09), Stephanie Currie (14th, 1:52.41) and Patricia Mangan (16th, 1:53.28) led the Dartmouth women.
Scoring for the Middlebury men were Tim Gavett (24th, 1:51.92) and Erik Arvidsson (30th, 2:01.84). Caroline Bartlett (19th, 1:53.77) and Madison Lord (26th, 1:55.8) led the Panthers on the women’s side.
Gullaume Grand finished fourth for the St. Michael’s men in 1:42.5. Benjamin Throm was 19th for the Purple Knights in 1:46.16. Anna Willassen (29th, 2:00.47) led the St. Michael’s women.
66th Annual NCAA Skiing Championships
FINAL TEAM SCORES
1. Utah530.5 2. Vermont476 3. Colorado455 4. Dartmouth447 5. Denver409 6. New Mexico330 7. Northern Michigan206 8. Alaska-Anchorage204 9. Montana State184.5 10. Middlebury150 11. New Hampshire131 12. Colby83 13. Saint Michael’s72 14. Westminster70 15. Alaska-Fairbanks57 16. Michigan Tech55 17. Bowdoin39 18. St. Lawrence33 19. Williams20 20. Bates11 21. Plymouth State10 22. Harvard6 23. St. Scholastica3 24. Green Bay0
TOP 10 WOMEN
1. Laurence St. Germain (Vermont) 1:47 2. Roni Remme (Utah) 1:49.58 3. Mikaela Tommy (Colorado) 1:49.81 4. Amelia Smart (Denver) 1:50.02 5. Paula Moltzan (Vermont) 1:50.09 6. Andrea Komsic (Denver) 1:50.17 7. Jocelyn McCarthy (Montana St.) 1:50.51 8. Stef Fleckenstein (Colorado) 1:51.56 9. Tuva Norbye (Denver) 1:51.7 10. Emma Woodhouse (UNH)
TOP 10 MEN