This past weekend the EISA's top Nordic skiers left New England to compete with the rest of the collegiate Nordic world in Utah. The championships ran for three days, Thursday through Saturday, and our Northeast skiers placed well against the most elevated field – talent-wise – in collegiate skiing.
So, a recap of some of the results from this weekend!
UVM took their dominance out west, finishing second in team results just behind the hosts, the Utah Utes. Ben Ogden won his second, then his third, NCAA Championship and became the first UVM skier to sweep the freestyle and classic races since 1998. He won the 20k freestyle on Saturday with a time of 43:00.5, and his time of 23:43.1 put six seconds between himself and second place.
The other catamounts also put on good showings and added two more All Americans. Jacob Nystedt, who finished ninth on Saturday, was named to the second team for both the 20k freestyle and the 10k classic. On the women's side, Anna Bizyukova was named to the first team for the 5k classic, and the second team for the 15k freestyle. She was the top female catamount finisher for both races, a second and a sixth respectively.
Though UVM, lead by Ogden, was the standout EISA squad in Utah, the rest of the teams performed well, and other key performers represented the EISA with pride. Middlebury senior Peter Wolter finished fifth on Saturday and eighth in the classic 10km, earning All-America honors himself.
Jasmine Lyons, from UNH, finished in the top ten in both of her races this weekend. Her classic race yielded an eighth, while she skied to a podium finish in the 15k freestyle. Her time was 38:05.0, good for third place. That makes a podium spot reserved in every race – male or female – for an EISA skier.
Renae Anderson finished in the 10 spot in the 15k freestyle to add some more EISA representation to the top 10.
These are just the top performers – other skiers from the league competed as well, and competed in a way indicative of the spirit of the EISA. For a more complete list of results, click the link below, and now that the NCAA Championships have finished, watch out for a recap of the EISA's Nordic season!