Eagles secure national titles at USCSA Nationals


Photo: Dylan Jerz

Sean Conroy slides the dad during Men’s rail jam

Sierra Nevada College’s alpine, snowboard and freeski teams dominated at the 41st annual United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championships on March 10-16 at Snowking Mountain, Wyoming. The Eagles took home four combined individual and team national championship titles.

Alpine skiing: 

Bluebird skies, low wind, and temps in the 30s made for ideal racing conditions. Both the men and women received the overall team national championship titles with the men beating Rocky Mountain College by a point. Freshman Misel Marov took the overall individual national title and the ladies made SNC history by sweeping the podium in giant slalom. Marov took first, Senior Saana Ahonen second, and senior Eva Jazbec third.

“All I wanted to do is ski fast without making mistakes and I accomplished that,” Marov said. “I am really happy with my skiing but most of all. I am happy to be able to share this win with my team.”

Adrian Rhomberg took the individual national title for the men with Vidar Widing securing third in the combined results. While snowboard and freeski are finished with competitions for the season, the alpine team still has four races starting mid-April, with the last race taking place at Mammoth Mountain before the competition season is over.


Men’s Slalom:

1st: Adrian Rhomberg

5th: Vidar Widing

7th: Luka Gobec

Men’s Giant Slalom: 

3rd: Adrian Rhomberg

5th: Anton Waller

7th: Vidar Widing

Women’s Slalom: 

1st: Misel Marvot

2nd: Saana Ahonen

3rd: Eva Jazbec

Women’s Giant Slalom: 

1st: Misel Marvot

2nd: Saana Ahonen

7th: Eva Jazbec


Both men’s and women’s freeski teams took overall team national titles. Senior Vilde Johansen and senior Andrew Eells also received individual national titles for their performances in slopestyle, skiercross, and rail-jam. Eells had a goal of receiving the individual national title after former SNC freeski members, Rals White, Connor Clayton, and Joris Grintalis took the win in previous years.

“I just wanted to follow in their footsteps and see what it felt like to win something big,” Eells said. “I never ended up on a national podium before.”

Eells is graduating in May and does not plan to participate in any more competitions. Eells said, instead, he is going to live out of a van and ski as much as possible.

The freestyle teams grew frustrated after numerous course concerns were not fully addressed and an incident occurred during the women’s rail jam awards where results were announced in bib order instead of by scores.

“During one of our designated training hours for rail jam, the event organizers decided to bring a chainsaw into the course and started taking out a jump which shouldn’t even be in a rail jam,” Johansen said.

Johansen, who now has received three years of national titles in row, said that despite “getting the short end of the stick” for the freestyle team’s course quality, organization, and communication, she still had a great time with the team.


Men’s Slopestyle: 

1st: Andrew Eells

3rd: Milan Peyrin

5th: Cole Lyon

Men’s Rail Jam: 

2nd: Cole Lyon

3rd: Andrew Eells

10th: Milan Peyrin

Women’s Slopestyle: 

1st: Vilde Johansen

3rd: Bridget O’Brien

4th: Gabby Dodd

Women’s Rail Jam: 

1st: Vilde Johansen

4th: Bridget O’Brien

5th: Sarah Lingg


Both men’s and women’s snowboard teams took second overall for the team result close behind national title winner Westminster College.

The snowboard team was busy at nationals, having to compete in five events including freestyle and racing. Most members on the team have freestyle backgrounds which presented challenges for races, but the team still ended up successful in their performances.

“This week provided the USCSA with an elevated level of competition that we continue to see grow year after year,” USCSA Vice President of Sport Doug Grayson said in a press release. “It continues to be a pleasure to watch the athletes grow as we continue to expand the snowboard/freeski program.”

Freshman Calista Carlson took fourth for the overall combined result and David Brown took 11th for the men.

“Nationals was a really fun time being able to hang out with the SNC team and meeting people from other teams too,” Carlson said. “Everyone there was super friendly which made competition even better.”

Now that competitions are over, Carlson has her own personal goals for this spring’s park riding including getting cab 540s, frontside 540s, and front board sameway 270s.


Men’s Slopestyle: 

2nd: Alex Schoff

13th: David Brown

14th: Hunter Lamoureux

Men’s Rail Jam: 

3rd: Ben Hojnoski

4th: Alex Schoff

11th: David Brown

Women’s Slopestyle:

2nd: Calista Carlson

6th: Carina Logan

10th: Margaret Galloway

Women’s Rail Jam:

4th: Calista Carlson

10th: Breck Beishline

11th: Carina Logan

To view a complete list of results visit the USCSA website at www.uscsa.com/results1