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Naval Academy Men’s Alpine Ski Team Places 12th Nationally
Posted on: April 25, 2013 09:00 EDT by Naval Academy Public Affairs
The Naval Academy Alpine Ski recently wrapped up their season placing second in the East Region and 12th in the 35th United States Collegiate Snowsports Association (USCSA) National Championships in Sun Valley, Idaho.
There are nearly 200 teams across the country governed by the USCSA.
Led by team captains Midshipmen 1st Class Nick Lasalle and Brian Gureck, the team competed in 10 races throughout January and February and fought a spirited battle with longtime rival Penn State.
At the regional competition in Timberline, West Va., Midshipman 2nd Class Patrick Paap led the charge for the mids, finishing second in the individual combined results.
The team’s overall second place standing propelled them to the nationals.
“The alpine conditions at Nationals in Sun Valley were generally fast and the courses were long and fairly technical,” said Cmdr. Paul Nylund. “The whole team put forth a great effort.”
Midshipman 3rd Class Stefan Schmidt took third overall in the skiercross for the second year in a row, and his “daring last second pass against a rival Air Force skier was the highlight of the day,” said Nylund.
Navy’s 12th place finish put them three places ahead of Penn State, seven ahead of Air Force and beat their own score from last year.
Nylund said the snowboarders also enjoyed unprecedented success throughout the season in the slopestyle events.
Midshipmen 1st Class Sean Greiner and Mike Fiorelli, Midshipman 2nd Class and Ryan Kommer, Midshipman 3rd Class Will Lavis, and Midshipman 4th Class Nick Lane also took runs throughout the season, contributing to the team’s success, said Nylund.