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ISSUE 119 VOL 15 PUBLISHED 3/24/2006

Alpine, nordic impress again

By Matt Tiano
Sports Editor

Friday, March 24, 2006

Both the St. Olaf men'’s and women’'s nordic and alpine ski teams concluded their season March 6-11 in Sugarloaf, Maine, where they competed in the annual USCSA National Championships.

The women’'s nordic squad successfully defended their Division-II national title, propelled by an outstanding performance by Linn Dale ‘'07, who claimed 3-of-4 races and the overall individual championship. Bria Schurke '‘08 followed close behind, finishing second overall.

The women swept the field in the 3 x 5 relay, winning by over a minute.

“"This was a great season,"” Bria Schurke ‘'09 said. “"We have a lot of talented athletes who are dedicated, disciplined and passionate about nordic skiing. Skiing is a very intensivly mental sport, as we have to be able to handle intense pain during the races."”

On the men’'s side, Ollie Garrison '‘06 finished fifth overall, leading the Oles to a fourth-place finish. Nels Dyste ‘'08 and Jim Vaillancourt ‘'09 both crossed the finish line in the top 15.

Both alpine skiing squads also competed at Nationals, where the men finished seventh and the women 13th.

Leading the men was Charlie Simacek ‘'08, who finished with a score of 143.75, good for 16th overall. Trevor Davis ‘'07 fnished 30th, scoring 222.77.

The championships included teams of Division-I, Division-II and Division-III schools.

“"The alpine team this year had a very successful and productive season,"” David Sayer ‘'09 said. “"There were many great performances by our athletes leading us to the national championships."”

On the women’'s side, Calista Anderson '‘09 finished 24th overall and Jeanine Kooman '‘06 27th, en route to the team'’s 13th-place victory.

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