Vermont volleys into lead on bizarre tie, Crimson crowns a champion


Dartmouth’s time at the top could not last forever, and after the giant slalom races at NCAA National Championships, Vermont volleyed into first place overall with 396 points. Utah is second with 372 and Colorado sits close in third with 359 points. But the story of the day was Harvard’s Rebecca Nadler who claimed the giant slalom title for the Crimson’s first ever individual national championship in the history of the program.

The women’s race saw an EISA podium sweep with Nadler in the lead followed by Vermont’s Kate Ryley in second and Geordie Lonza of Williams in third. Colorado’s Erika Ghent was fourth, UVM’s Elli Terwiel was fifth, and Utah’s Julie Bordeau finished sixth.

Regional roles were flipped in the men’s race with the RMISA podium sweep of Colorado’s Adam Zika in first and Utah’s Ryan Wilson and Nick Cohee in second and third, respectively. Vermont’s Tim Kelley was fourth, New Mexico’s Armin Triendl was fifth, and Alaska-Anchorage’s Andreas Adde finished sixth.

In a bizarre occurrence, UVM’s Bobby Farrell and Jonathan Nordbotten tied in the first run with a time of 46.97 and then again in the second run with a time of 46.52, giving them both combined times of 1:33.49. This would be rare enough in a regular race, but with a field size of only 35 athletes, the event is even more improbable. On their atypical seventh place tie, Farrell remarked, “I’m just impressed that I can keep up with Jonathan Nordbotten. In training last week at Stowe, we were within a tenth of one another each run, so maybe it was just meant to be.”

Nordic classic races will be contested on Friday (March 9) and alpine slalom races on Saturday (March 10).

Team scores at the midway mark of NCAA National Championships:
Vermont – 396
Utah – 372
Colorado – 359
Dartmouth – 297
Alaska Anchorage – 271
Montana State – 264.5
Denver – 232.5
New Mexico – 213.5
Northern Michigan – 154
New Hampshire – 136.5
Middlebury – 118
Bates – 74.5
Williams – 71
St. Lawrence – 65
Harvard – 63
Colby – 49.5
St. Scholastica – 49
Alaska Fairbanks – 34
St. Michael’s – 14
Michigan Tech – 13
Colby-Sawyer – 11

Photo of women’s GS podium by C.J. Feehan

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