March 12, 2016

Day Four Results

2016 Classical Race Recap

PHOTOS: 2016 NCAA Skiing Championships Day Four

Steamboat Springs, Colo. - The University of Denver ski team has won their 23rd National Championship after completing competition at the 2016 NCAA Championships in Steamboat Springs, Colo. this past week. Denver finished first overall in the team standings with 567.5 points, ahead of the University of Colorado (491.5) and the University of Utah (485). The Nordic team showed a strong finish on the last day of racing to help the team claim their record 23rd national title.

"I am so incredibly proud of the young men and women on our team," head nordic coach Dave Stewart said. "They came into this championship knowing that it would take nothing less than their best to win a title for DU, and they did just that.  The conditions were challenging today with rising temperatures through the morning, but everyone brought such composure and focus to the race that I believe the tough conditions worked in our favor.

"Alpine set us up with a lead that we were able to build on, so this was a balanced team win with both alpine and nordic adding almost the same points to the team total. Alpine has had a dominant season and it was very special to put it all together this week at NCAA's."  

“I did not expect the emotion that would come with this title,” alpine head coach Andy LeRoy said. “Each one has become more special than the last and the reason behind it is our ever growing Pioneer family. From our alumni who write in with memories of the rings they’ve captured to the faces on our freshman and their parents who seem nearly speechless. I want to thank everyone who has been associated with DU Skiing, today you have left the coaches speechless too.”

Junior Moritz Madlener (Sulzberg, Baravia, Germany) finished second overall in the Men’s 20K Classical race, just 1.7 seconds behind the first place finisher. Dag Frode Trolleboe (Oslo, Norway) showed another solid performance with his 10th place finish, followed by teammate Lars Hannah (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) who finished close behind in 13th place.

The women were led by sophomore Linn Eriksen (Oslo, Norway) with her dominating first place finish in the Women’s 15 Classical race. Eriksen won the last race of the 2016 NCAA Skiing Championships with a commanding 19.9 second lead. Aja Starkey (Bozeman, Mont.) finished sixth overall in the same race, followed by teammate Taeler McCrerey (Frisco, Colo.) in 12th place.

"Moritz and Linn have led the team all year and they did it again today," Stewart said. "Moritz just missed his first individual national title in a close sprint finish, but his two podium performances this week were huge for the team. Linn skied a masterful race, leading from start to finish, breaking away on the last lap to ski to a solo win.  Aja had the race of her life in sixth and Dag Frode had his two best races of the season when the team needed him.

"Our alpine team outscored all other alpine teams this week,” LeRoy added. “Then along came DU Nordic who left us all in the dust. Great job everybody, truly a team championship!”



"I also have to mention that the championship coincided with winter quarter exam week at DU," Stewart remarked. "Every member of our team took final exams in the days before the races and then went out and competed like champions. These guys are truly model student-athletes and it is my pleasure to be able to coach them. We are thrilled to be bringing our 23rd national title back to DU! To end the championship with two exceptional mordic performances, with both men and women winning the team score, was the best ending to the five championships wins I have been a part of over the last 10 years.  This one tops them all!  To have all six of our nordic athletes earn All-American honors is just incredible. I'm speechless." 

The nordic skiers who were named to the 2016 All-American team today, include: Madlener, who was named to the Men’s Classical First Team, while teammate Trolleboe earned Second Team honors. On the women’s side, Eriksen was named to the Women’s Classical First Team and Starkey earned Second Team honors. Denver finished the 2016 NCAA Skiing Championships with a total of 15 All-Americans, the most of any team.

Saturday, March 12

Men’s Classical First Team
1 Mads Stroem, CU
2 Moritz Madlener, DU
3 Niklas Persson, UU
4 Ian Torchia, NMU
5 Adam Martin, NMU

Second Team
6 Eli Hoenig, WIL
7 Kevin Bolger, UU
8 Jack Hegman, UVM
9 Petter Reistad, CU
10 Dag Frode Trolleboe, DU

Women’s Classical First Team
1 Linn Eriksen, DU
2 Kati Roivas, UNM
3 Ane Johnsen, CU
4 Veronika Mayerhofer, UU
5 Jesse Knori, CU

Second Team
6 Aja Starkey, DU
7 Nichole Bathe, UAF
8 Emilie Cedervaern, UNM
9 Olivia Amber, COL
10 Eva Severrus, UNM

All-American Breakdown

Overall: Denver 15, Colorado 13, Utah 12, Montana State 11, Vermont 7, Dartmouth 5, New Mexico 5, Northern Michigan 5, Williams 2, Alaska Anchorage 1, Alaska Fairbanks 1, Colby 2, New Hampshire 1, St. Michael’s 1
First Team: Colorado 9, Montana State 9, Denver 5, Utah 5, Northern Michigan 4, Vermont 3, Dartmouth 2, New Mexico 2, Colby 1
Nordic: Colorado 8, Denver, 8, Utah 6, Northern Michigan 5, New Mexico 4, Montana State 3, Vermont 3, Alaska Fairbanks 1, Colby 1, Williams 1
Alpine: Montana State 8, Denver 7, Utah 6, Colorado 5, Dartmouth 5, Vermont 4, Alaska Anchorage 1, Colby 1, New Hampshire 1, New Mexico 1, St. Michael’s 1, Williams 1
Men: Colorado 7, Denver 7, Montana State 6, Northern Michigan 5, Utah 5, Vermont 4, Dartmouth 2, Alaska Anchorage 1, New Hampshire 1, New Mexico 1, St. Michael’s 1, Williams 1
Women: Denver 8, Utah 7, Colorado 6, Montana State 5, New Mexico 4, Dartmouth 3, Vermont 3, Colby 2, Alaska Fairbanks 1, Williams 1
Region: West 57, East 18, Central 6
Region First Team: West 30, Central 4, East 6



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