Ski Team Places Second in National Ski Championship
Release Date: 03-12-2005
Freestyle Results | Men's 20K
Freestyle Results | Final Team
STOWE, Vt. - The University of Vermont was the top Eastern team at the 2005 NCAA Skiing Championship hosted by the Catamounts at Stowe Mountain Resort and the Trapp Family Lodge. UVM earned runner-up honors, finishing second by 47.5 points to the University of Denver. The Catamounts totaled 575 points, but the Pioneers posted 622.5 points to earn their 18th NCAA Skiing National Championship. The University of Utah rounded out the top three with 545 points.
The final day of competition at the 2005 NCAA Ski Championship featured two dominating performances in the women's 15K and men's 20K freestyle events.
In the women's race, Mandy Kaempf, of the University of Alaska Anchorage, won her second national championship. She blew away the competition in the 15K freestyle posting a time of 46:18.8, 36 seconds faster than teammate Nicole DeYoung who finished second (46:54.8). New Mexico's Martina Stursova placed third (47:10.8).
Senior Kate Crawford (Hawley, Mass.) led the Catamount contingent, finishing 13th with a time of 48:24.6. Junior Emilia DeMarchis (Burlington, Vt.) placed 21st (49:26.7) and teammate Carina Hamel (Southampton, Mass.) was 36th overall (52:13.4).
In the men's race, Denver's Rene Reisshauer captured his second national championship with a dominating performance. Reisshauer finished 51 seconds ahead of his closest competitor. A pair of Buffaloes finished 2-3. Colorado's Erling Christiansen just beat out teammate Henrik Hoye for second place. Christiansen recorded a time of 56:08.0, while Hoye was clocked at 56:09.1.
UVM's top duo of Lowell Bailey (Lake Placid, N.Y.) and Ethan Foster (Weston, Vt.) challenged the leader up until the final lap when Reisshauer pulled away from the competition. Bailey crossed the finish line in seventh place with a time of 57:04.9 and Foster followed just behind with a time of 57:09.3 for eighth place. Both skiers earned All-America honors for the Catamounts. Junior Ryan Foster (Weston, Vt.) placed 27th overall with a time of 1:01:05.1.
Vermont finished second at the NCAA Ski Championship for the 14th time in its history and the third time in five years. Overall, the Catamounts picked up 10 All-America citations in the 2005 Championship.