Pioneers Secure 24th National Title

March 10, 2018

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. - It all came to the final day of skiing, but the University of Denver ski team secured its 24th NCAA National Championship on Saturday, behind 167 points in the Nordic freestyle.

Across all 17 sports, Denver has won at least one national championship in each of the last five athletic seasons (Skiing - 2013-14, 2015-16, 2017-18 | Hockey - 2016-17 | Men's Lacrosse 2014-15). With three national championships still to be completed later today and 27 NCAA Division I sports left to decide a national championship overall, Denver joins only Stanford on the list of schools to win at least one national title in each of the last five seasons. Oregon, West Virginia, Penn State, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Florida are the only other six that could join that list later this year.

"It feels incredible," said head coach Andy LeRoy. "I am so happy for all of our athletes, they've been training all week and all season and to do it in Steamboat in front of our crowd is special."

All six Pioneer skiers competing on the final day earned All-America status, as the team earned 90 points from the men and 77 points from the women.

DU's 604 points beat Colorado (563) and Dartmouth who scored third with 448.5 points.

"That's our goal all year, so it is very rewarding for our athletes and coaching staff to win another national title," said head Nordic coach Dave Stewart. "It's very challenging but winning a title is what is all about."

The Crimson and Gold earned a pair of third place finishers thanks to Eivind Kvaale and Linn Eriksen in the men's 20k and women's 15k freestyle. The pair each secured 34 points on the day.

Skiing into fourth on the men's side was Dag Frode Trolleboe. The senior raced for a time of 54:30.2.

Steamboat Springs native Lars Hannah rounded out the day for the men, taking seventh with a total run of 54:33.1.

Jasmi Joensuu placed ninth in the 15k, skiing for 45:12.8 and 22 points.

One spot behind Joensuu was Taeler McCrerey. The junior's 45:25.3 secured a top 10 finish for the Crimson and Gold skier.



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