Farmington, Maine – The University of Maine at Farmington's Alpine, Nordic and Freeride teams head to the 2017 USCSA National Championships at Whiteface Mountain in New York, on Sunday, March 8.
More than 400 intercollegiate student-athletes from across the country will compete in Alpine, Nordic, Snowboard and Freeride National Championships. The UMF participants qualified via league and regional championship performances.
On behalf of the University, the Department of Athletics, Student Senate and the Administration, we wish to congratulate the Snowsport student-athletes, their coaches and program Director on their outstanding seasons. We certainly wish the student-athletes who are advancing, the best of success and good luck in competition at the national championships. They have worked hard for this opportunity and seek to show their best against the best next week." said, Director of Athletics, Julie Davis
UMF's men's alpine team qualified for USCSA Nationals via a fourth-place finish at New England regionals held at Sugarloaf, Sunday, February 23rd. Zachary Berliner took 11th place overall with a total time of 1:25.41 with a time of 43.24 in run one and a time of 42.17 in run two. Simon Spear took 14th place after a time of 42.44 in run one and a time of 44.90 in run two for a total time of 1:27.34. Kyle Farrington rounded out the Beavers top three with a 16th place finish after a time of 43.05 in run one and a time of 44.58 in run two for a total time of 1:27.63.
"This group of men were dedicated to the mission of qualifying for Nationals from day one. They went race by race working on their skiing technique and competitive mindset aiming to achieve a larger goal. This entire group will be attending nationals for the first time and look to leave it all on the hill! Farmington has a tradition of advancing athletes to nationals and I am very proud of this group for keeping the tradition going. They would not have been able to do it without the support of their families and teammates, both men and women," said Andrew Willihan, Head Alpine Coach and Assistant Snowsport Director.
Jordan Fried, Isaiah Reid, and Thomas Wing.
UMaine-Farmington's Nordic team competed in USCSA New England Regionals at Gore Mountain in New York, Sunday, February 23rd.
Isaiah Reid led the Beavers with a 16th place finish after a time of 19.08 in a 7K race in a field of 67. Jordan Fried took 30th place with a time of 19.55 followed by Thomas Wing with a time of 20.02.
"Isaiah has been the top male student-athlete for us in every race this season. His technique allows him to ski fast and save something for the finish of every race. He's like a bird of prey on skis. Thomas has overcome physical issues throughout the season and had a great race at Regionals. He's tougher than nails! Jordan has improved in every single race and he's set for his best race of the season at the right time when it counts.
Mullein has worked hard on her technique and has really picked up her tempo, as shown by her outstanding Sprint race at Regionals. She's excited to be at Nationals as a first-year team member, while the other team members have competed at the National level before. Competing against Castleton, last year's National Champions, has shown us where we can ski in the big pond" said, Nordic Coach, Merit "Buzz" Bean.
Ryan Brueninghaus, Simon Kern, and Ryan Townsend.
On Saturday, Feb. 23rd, Simon Kern placed 1st in the freestyle event and 3rd in GS. Kern has a smooth backside boardslide on the first down rail and continued the maneuver on the following a-frame rail at Whaleback, NH.
On a sunny Sunday, UMF Freeride/Snowboard smoked the competition, with Simon Kern winning Men's Slopestyle and placing 2nd in GS. In Men's Freestyle Skiing, Ryan Breuninghaus won Men's Slopestyle and Ryan Townsend placed 2nd.
"I am thrilled to be able to bring our student-athletes to compete this week at Whiteface and see how we stack up. It has been fantastic to see the impact of the relationships grow between the three national contenders, and it's been fun to watch them push each other throughout the winter. With all three student-athletes being underclassmen, it's amazing that they're able to compete at this level already, and know they have so much potential to keep improving in future years" said Freeride coach, Shawn Russell