It all came down to the final day of competition, but the University of Denver (DU) ski team secured its 24th NCAA National Championship title on Saturday.
“It feels incredible,” said Head Alpine 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.”
After the slalom race on Friday night, the Pioneers took the lead by a slim margin of 26 points over the University of Colorado. It was up to the DU Nordic team to maintain it. All six Pioneer nordic 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.
“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 final standings were as follows: 1st: Denver (2018 NCAA Skiing Champions), 2nd: Colorado, 3rd: Dartmouth, 4th: Utah, 5th: Vermont, 6th: Montana State, 7th: New Mexico, 8th: Middlebury, 9th: Alaska Anchorage, 10th: Northern Michigan, 11th: New Hampshire, 12th: St. Michael’s, 13th: Williams, 14th: Alaska Fairbanks, 15th: Colby, 16th: Plymouth State, 17th: St. Lawrence, 18th: Bates, 19th: Michigan Tech, 20th: Boston College, 21st: Bowdoin, 22nd: St. Scholastica, 23rd: Harvard.