ALPINE -- MEN
Chris Acosta
New Mexico
Jr.

Key Notes:
• Two-time All-American
• Fifth in the GS at 2011 NCAAs
• Eighth in slalom at 2010 NCAAs

 

Kevin Drury
Vermont
Jr.

Key Notes:
• 2011 NCAA Runner-Up in Giant Slalom
• 2011 First-Team All-Conference
• Finished in the top three in eight races in 2011

Andreas Haug
Colorado
So.

Key Notes:
• Won slalom at 2011 UNM Invite
• Had five top-five finishes as a freshman
• Had podium finishes in the slalom and GS at Denver Invite

Trevor Leafe
Dartmouth
Sr.

Key Notes:
• Two-time All-American
• Two-time NCAA qualifier
• Fourth in slalom and ninth in giant slalom at 2011 NCAAs

 

ALPINE -- WOMEN

Ashley-Kate Durham
St. Lawrence
Jr.

Key Notes:
• Finished third in the
slalom at the 2011 NCAAs
• Has 10 career top-10 finishes
• Finished fourth at 2011 East Regional

Sterling Grant
Denver
So.

Key Notes:
• 2011 NCAA Slalom Champion
• Undefeated in slalom races as a freshman
• Won gold medal in
slalom at 2011 World University Games

Alex Parker
Alaska-Anchorage
Sr.

Key Notes:
• Four-time All-American
• Three-time NCAA qualifier
• Fourteen top-three finishes in her career

 

Kate Ryley
Vermont
So.

Key Notes:
• 2011 Conference Rookie of the Year
• 2011 All-American in slalom and giant slalom
• Won five races in 2011

 

NORDIC -- MEN

Miles Havlick
Utah
Sr.

Key Notes:
• Three-time All-
American
• 2011 Ski Racing Magazine Male Nordic Skier of the Year
• Finished third in
freestyle and sixth in classic at 2011 NCAAs

Vegard Kjoelhamar
Colorado
Sr.

Key Notes:
• Five-time All-American
• 2009 NCAA freestyle champion
• 2011 NCAA freestyle runner-up




 

Tyler Kornfield
Alaska-Fairbanks
Jr.

Key Notes:
• Two-time member of U.S. World Junior Team
• Two-time NCAA qualifier
• Two-time All-Conference



 

Sam Tarling
Dartmouth
Jr.

Key Notes:
• 2011 NCAA champion in 10k freestyle
• 2011 All-Conference
• Swept freestyle and classic events at 2011 Dartmouth Carnival

 

NORDIC -- WOMEN

Maria Graefnings
Utah
Sr.

Key Notes:
• Four-time All-American
• 2011 NCAA 5k
freestyle champion
• Runner-up in 15k
classic at 2011 NCAA championships
• Won eight races in 2011
 

Eliska Hajkova
Colorado
Sr.

Key Notes:
• Four-time All-American
• 2011 NCAA champion in 15k classic
• Second in 2011 NCAA 5k freestyle


 

Caitlin Patterson
Vermont
Sr.

Key Notes:
• Elite 88 winner in 2010 as skier with highest GPA
• Four-time All-American
• Member of U.S. U-23 national team
• Has 10 career first-place finishes

Marie Helen Soderman
Northern Michigan
Sr.

Key Notes:
• NCAA qualifier and First-Team All-Conference in 2011
• Individual classic event champion at Husky Challenge last season

 

KEEP AN EYE ON THESE PROGRAMS

Colorado
Key Skiers:  Alpine – Erika Ghent, Katie Hartman, Haug, Max Lamb, Carolina Nordh. Nordic – Hajkova, Kjoelhamar, Reid Pletcher, Joanne Reid.

Noting the Buffaloes: The defending national champions return plenty of firepower and could be the favorites to accomplish the repeat. They have plenty of depth, which includes the return of Hartman from a knee injury suffered at last year’s World University Games.

Dartmouth
Key Skiers: Alpine – Leafe, Annie Rendall. Nordic – Sophie Caldwell, Erika Flowers, Eric Packer, Tarling.

Noting the Big Green: The Big Green could return perhaps the best Nordic team in the nation. The question is will they be able to get enough from its alpine team to improve upon last year’s third-place finish. 

Denver
Key Skiers:
Alpine – A.J. Avrin, Kitt Flowers, Grant Jampolsky, Espen Lysdahl. Nordic – Kate Dalon, Andrew Dougherty, Mari Elden, Trygve Markset.  

Noting the Pioneers: Had its streak of three-consecutive NCAA titles snapped last season by the Colorado Buffaloes. They were bitten by the injury bug last year, but if they can stay healthy they will have a shot at re-capturing the NCAA title. Lysdahl is likely the top newcomer in the nation and should have an immediate impact.

New Mexico
Key Skiers: Alpine – Acosta, Stefanie Demetz, Joonas Rasenen, Armin Triendl, Kate Williams. Nordic – Clara Chauvet, Anita Kirvesniemi, Pierre Niess, Anni Nord, Sjur Prestsaeter.

Noting the Lobos: The Lobos were fourth a season ago at the NCAA championships and return a good part of its alpine cast. However, how New Mexico finishes this season will depend a lot of how much of an impact its newcomers will have, especially on the Nordic side.

Utah
Key Skiers:
Alpine – Jeremy Elliot, Anna Kocken, Torjus Krogdahl, Tii-Maria Romar, Ryan Wilson. Nordic – Graefnings, Havlic, Marta Larsen, Didrik Smith, Tom Smith.

Noting the Utes: The Utes have the talent in every discipline to make a run at the title. Graefnings was virtually untouchable last year and should be even more dominant this year.

Vermont
Key Skiers:
Alpine – Ryley, Kevin Drury, Tim Kelley, Jonathan Nordbotten. Nordic – Franz Bernstein, Caitlin Curran, Lucy Garrec, Amy Glen, Alex Howe, Scott Patterson, Caitlin Patterson.

Noting the Catamounts: Had one of its best seasons in school history last season and returns the majority of top skiers. They have an extremely balanced team and should be the team to beat coming out of the East. The question is will this be the year they finally take home the team title for the first time since 1994?

THINGS TO KEEP AN EYE ON THIS SEASON

• The Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) should be a three-team race between Alaska Fairbanks, Michigan Tech and Northern Michigan. The Wildcats of Northern Michigan are the defending champions for both men and women, but Alaska and Michigan Tech return plenty of firepower that will make the quest for a repeat extremely difficult.

• Michigan Tech’s Malin Eriksson is back to defend her conference crown in the classic competition, but will face challenges from Northern Michigan's Erik Soderman, Northern Michigan’s Monica Markvardsen and the Nanooks’ Raphaela Sieber.

• Northern Michigan’s Erik Soderman will be pushing for the top spot in the conference among the men along with fellow Wildcat George Cartwright and Michigan Tech’s Matt Wong.

• The host for the 2012 NCAA Championships – the Montana State Bobcats – will have a chance for some individual hardware led by senior Nordic standout Tyler Reinking, who was an All-American in 2010.

• The East Region has a number of talented alpine individuals who could make some noise that aren’t on teams expected to have full slates at the championship – Paul Atkinson and Zach Clayton (New Hampshire) Bump Heldman (Bates), Geordie Lonza (Williams), Andrew McNealus (Middlebury) and Laura Rozinowicz (New Hampshire).

• More standouts are on the Nordic side of the East region including, Middlebury’s Doug Debold, New Hampshire’s Elizabeth Guiney, Williams’ Dimitri Luethi, and Middlebury’s Patrick Johnson, Heather Mooney and Annie Pokorny.