Smart Crowned National Champion; Pioneers in Third Through Day One of NCAA Championships
Freshman races for a time of 1:53.21
March 7, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - The University of Denver ski team opened the 2018 NCAA Championships on Wednesday, scoring 129 points from the Alpine team in the Giant Slalom.
The Crimson and Gold sit one-point behind host Colorado (130) and five points behind first-place Vermont (134).
Despite it only being the first day, the Pioneers have already captured an individual NCAA title thanks to Amelia Smart who raced for a total time of 1:53.21.
The Vancouver, B.C. native never finished higher than a tie for ninth in the Giant Slalom all season, yet when it mattered most, she came up huge and became Denver's 89th individual champion in program history.
DU had two other skiers earn All-America status, as Smart's fellow freshman Jett Seymour earned second-team for his sixth-place finish (1:50.36). Also earning All-American status for the third year in a row was Tuva Norbye who raced for a time of 1:53.62 and placed eighth.
Andrea Komsic skied for 11th in the women's Giant Slalom, carding a total time of 1:53.83.
The Nordic team will start its portion of the NCAA title hunt tomorrow, when they compete in the Classic starting at 9 a.m. on Howelsen Hill.
Live Video: http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule
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