2015 USCSA National Champions

Marco Gooding
Marco Gooding

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A record breaking 513 collegiate athletes, representing 70 universities, competed for a week at Mt. Bachelor for the 37th annual United States Collegiate Ski Association (USCSA) National Championships. The Sierra Nevada College ski and snowboard teams dominated during the week and were able to bring back home a lot of hardware. The teams won a total of eight team National Championship titles, 24 individual podiums and four overall team National Championship titles.

Day 1.

The USCSA National Championships began on March 1 when the women opened the alpine events with two action-packed runs of GS. SNC took the giant slalom title with Johanna Tikkanen in second, Francesca Curtolo in third, Melissa Daniels in fourth, and Emilie Lamoureux in fifth.

The SNC dominance continued later that day when both men’s and women’s freestyle teams filled the podium in the rail jam event. Allison Perotti took her first USCSA championship title with teammate Jamie Wanzek following in second place. On the men’s side, Raleigh White also earned his first USCSA national title with teammates Ben Merrill and Jaime Melton in second, and fourth place.

Day 2.

Men’s alpine team backed up its women’s victory from the day before by taking home both the team and individual victories after Finlay Neeson took the victory in front of Rocky Mountain College skier Nils Högbom. Viking Roald had a fast second run and climbed up to a third spot in the final results. The women’s freestyle team had again a successful day with Perotti claiming yet another victory in the slopestyle competition. Teammate Emilie Amundsen placed second and Wanzek sixth. On the men’s side, Jaime Melton, Raleigh White and Ben Merrill helped SNC grab another national title by placing in first, second, and fifth.

”I was happy with the slopestyle results,” freestyle ski coach Jon Cherry said. ”SNC was definitely the school to beat today.”

The men’s snowboard team also got crowned national slopestyle champions that day, with Frederick McCarthy, Cory Rudolph, and Marco Gooding placing individually first, second and seventh. The women’s snowboard team claimed second place by bringing home four place finishes by Colleen Healey in fourth, Danielle Steinhoff in eight, Rachel Lightner in ninth, and Emma Romo in tenth position.

Day 3.

Day three at the USCSA National Championships was no different than the first two. The men’s snowboard team brought home the boarder cross national title with all five athletes finishing in top 10. The day before’s winner, McCarthy took home another individual title with teammates Austin Leal, Ian Wieczorek, Marco Gooding, Ian Van Metre, and Cory Rudolph in second, third, fifth, seventh and eight.

”It was a team effort. We knew that this event is one of our strongest, so we just did our best and it turned out to bring us the boarder cross title.” Leal said. ”I was competing with a broken wrist, so I was very happy with my individual result.”

The women’s alpine team secured their overall title the same day by having four athletes finishing in top 7. Individually, Francesca Curtolo, Tea Palic, Emilie Lamoureux, and Melissa Daniels claimed third, fifth, sixth, and seventh. The men’s freestyle team finished sixth in skier cross with Erik Lund making the final heat and crossing the finish line to a third place.

Day 4.

The next day, men’s alpine team followed the women by also becoming slalom champions. After an exciting second run, the eagles were able to take home the team and individual gold. Andri Arnason, Finlay Neeson and Jaka Jazbec placed first, third and fifth respectively. This win secured the overall 2015 USCSA National Championship title for the men’s alpine team.

The women’s ski cross event was filled with action when Emilie Lamoureux and Francesca Curtolo from the women’s alpine team joined the freestyle team for the day. The competition was fierce between SNC and Rocky Mountain College and it was a very close race. On the last run, RMC skier bumped into Lamoureux which caused her to dislocate her shoulder. She still fought her way down and finished in fourth. Teammates Curtolo and Amudsen placed fifth and sixth. The women’s snowboard team took home silver with Danielle Steinhoff placing second and Colleen Healey finishing fifth in snowboard cross.

Day 5.

On the last day of the USCSA National Championships, the women’s snowboard team dominated the GS race by having four athletes in top 7. Danielle Steinhoff took home the individual title after two fast runs on the race course. Colleen Healey, Celine Holland, and Emma Romo continued the good work by claiming third, fifth, and seventh. On the men’s side, Ian Wieczorek raced into a third spot, Cory Rudolph in ninth and Marco Gooding in 12.