Which top NCAA athletes are up for national
titles at the Championships? BY C.J. FEEHAN
Kate Ryley of UVM is a threat in both the slalom and giant slalom.
Ski Racing’s NCAA Power Rankings assess which collegiate teams in the nation are best aligned on
a weekly basis to win the overall title this year. But when the NCAA Skiing Championships descend on
Montana from March 7 to 10, there will be plenty of individual titles on the line as well. Bozeman will
serve as the event’s epicenter; the alpine races will be contested at Bridger Bowl and the nordic competitions at Bohart Ranch. Here’s a look at the movers and shakers of the EISA and RMISA who have
left an impression during regular-season competition and who are bound to make a run for individual
national titles at the big show.
Utah’s Nick Cohee will
challenge for the win in
Vermont’s returning double All-American Kate Ryley is a threat in either event and has past championship experience, while fellow Catamount Elli Terwiel seems almost destined for the slalom crown.
Denver’s Sterling Grant will need to bring last year’s heat to take down Terwiel. Utah’s Tii-Maria Romar
could have her pick of titles. Harvard’s Rebecca Nadler is the dark horse brimming with potential. She
won’t be held back by the need to finish for team points, so she will have her jets running full bore in
the giant slalom. Look for Julie Bordeau of Utah on the slalom podium, but not necessarily on top.
Utah’s Nick Cohee was erroneously left out of our NCAA preview article, and he has done everything
within his power to remain on the radar since. Cohee and Dartmouth’s Ben Morse will certainly go at
it for the giant slalom victory. Without an obstacle in teammate Trevor Philp (who will be competing
as a member of Team Canada in the Junior World Championships in Italy), Denver’s Espen Lysdahl
will have a straight shot to the top step of the slalom podium. Of course, he’ll have to take down Vermont’s World Cup phenom Jonathan Nordbotten, who finished 23rd in the Schladming night slalom
this year, as well as last year’s NCAA champion, Tim Kelley, who has won every FIS U slalom he has