women’s alpine team will add new talent with Karen Bell and Emily Danza to
[the group of returning athletes] Hannah Victory, Terra Moran and Ali Leighton. We expect to complement our strong nordic performers and take another
step up in the national rankings.”
Nordic: “The nordic Bobcats are looking to build on the successes of the
2010 season which was the best in school history,” says coach Kastning.
“Kaelin Kiesel — a two-time All American in 2010 — is the only nordic skier to
graduate. Bernhard Ronning, Tyler Reinking and Ryan Scott will all be looking to repeat their All-American performance in 2010, when they went 5-6-7
in the 20K free at NCAAs. Alaska transfer student Michael Schallinger, who
won the 20K Utah Invite last season, also joins us. Last year on the women’s
side, MSU qualified five girls for the big show and have added to that depth
this year. Look for Bernie Nelson, Rachelle Kanady, and Kate Backstrum to
give strong back up to Melina Park and Casey Kutz. This team is out to prove
that last year’s [nordic team] third-place at NCAAs was no fluke.”
Nordic: “After adding eight skiers to the nordic team, we now have great
depth with some very strong and seasoned returners,” says coach Flagstad.
“All three girls who raced in the 2010 NCAA Championships return — Germans Steffi Hiemer and Laura Rombach, and All-American Jaime Bronga.
Kelsey Coolidge is our lone senior and two new girls are Norway’s Marit
Ulsund and Karina Smith, a transfer from Utah. Max Treinen — a 2009 All-American and senior — and Sam Lindsey are the only men returning. Six
newcomers include three skiers who have World Junior Championships experience — Erik Bjornsen, Lasse Moelgaard Nielsen, and Martin Kapso. Also
new are Lukas Ebner from the Black Forest in Germany and two local talents, Davis Dunlap and Noah Hagen.”
Montana State University 8th in 2010
NCAA championships: None
Coaches: Dan Brelsford, Grethe Hagensen, Jeremy Henrichon, Andrew
Kastning, Calisa Kastning
Alpine: “The returning men’s alpine team should have a strong core with
Michael Mackie, Chris Barber and Geoff Irwin,” says coach Brelsford. “The
University of New Hampshire 9th in 2010
NCAA championships: None
Coaches: Cory Schwartz, Brian Blank, Stephen Monsulick, Andrew Wagner
Alpine: “Last year we lost perennial All-Americans Archambault-Leger, Farrell, Ford, and Cremeno,” says coach Blank. “But we have a strong group
of freshmen led by Canadian Laura Rozinowicz, who won both the Williams
and St. Mike’s carnival giant slaloms as a non-college racer last year. Other
notable freshmen include Jacqui Lebel, JoAnna Coffey and Jenna Kantor.
Returning, we have 2010 First-Team All East honoree Paul Atkinson and
NCAA qualifiers Marie-Elaine Lepine, Catherine Blanchard, and Zach Clayton.”
Nordic: “Last year we had a great year and look to continue our climb nationally,” says coach Schwartz. “We lost some key senior men last year, notably
All-American Dylan McGuffin, Mike Lessard and Erick Anderson. The 2011
men are led by Erik Lindgren, Steve Bedard, Harrison Harb and Dan Guiney.
With NCAA skiers Tasha Kullas and Anya Bean, we have our nucleus back
for the women’s team. Looking to go back to the NCAA Championships is
transfer Clare Egan, who finished second at EISA Championships last year.
Also vying to make NCAAs are Liz Guiney, Danielle Baron, Abby Taylor and
a strong group of freshman including Anne Miller, Molly Newman, Liz Izzo
and Dana Roach.”
Alaska’s Halfdan Falkum-Hansen looks
to make a third NCAA appearance.