Farmington, Maine - The University of Maine at Farmington's Men's Nordic Team and three Snowboard Athletes finished the 2018 USCSA National Championships at Lake Placid, New York with strong team results, a bronze medal, and four All-American Honors.
USCSA All-American criteria for First Team is a top-five finish; for Second Team is for finishers sixth through tenth place and for Scholar All-American the athlete must compete in a national championship event and have a Cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher.
Connor Dunn - 1st Team All-American Men's Boardercross
Whitney LeMay -1st Team All-American Women's Snowboard Cross
Whitney LeMay - 2nd Team All-American Women's Snowboard Slalom
Whitney LeMay - 2nd Team All-American Women's Snowboard GS
Connor Dunn - All-American
Whitney LeMay - All-American
Connor Marland - All-American
Thomas Wing - Honorable Mention
The USCSA National Championships were comprised of over 400 intercollegiate student-athletes in Alpine, Nordic, Snowboard and Freeski from all over the country. UMF participants qualified through regional championships and/or other qualifying performances over the course of the season.
"UMF Athletes made significant improvements this year, which is a testament to the coaching staff, the student-athletes' commitment and the support of the UMF athletic department and administration. These accomplishments are just a glimpse of what we are capable of and what we will achieve in the future" said Snow Sports and Alpine Operations Director, Scott Hoisington.
Student-athletes representing UMF in Nordic: Jordan Fried, sophomore from Brookline, Mass.; Connor Marland, sophomore from Wrentham, Mass., Isaiah Reid, freshman from Kingfield, Maine, and Thomas Wing, sophomore from New Sharon, Maine;
The Beavers started Nationals with a bang with a warm and sunny 7.5k skate race on a very hilly and challenging course. With competition from all over the country, Jordan Fried secured a solid 20th place finish with a time of 23.57.
For nationals, day two Nor'easter Quinn provided some powerful winds and lots of snowfall for the classic sprint qualifier and heats. Despite the beginnings of the storm, Isaiah Reid snagged an impressive 14th place overall, making it into the Quarterfinals, which was his best finish all season.
The Beavers wrapped up Nationals and the end of the season with a 15k classic race Friday and a three-person skate race relay Saturday. A recent snowstorm provided the skiers with some nice fresh snow and clean tracks.
First-year beaver, Isaiah Reid notched an impressive 13th place finish in the 15k classic; Reid was consistently in the top 20 all week. The races ended with a 1.5k relay, where the team placed an impressive 7th.
"We had some of the skiers best season's finishes at Nationals, it was really great to see them push themselves hard and be competitive in a strong field of racers."
SNOWBOARD / FREERIDE
Student-athletes representing UMF in snowboard / Freeski: Connor Dunn, junior from Gorham, Maine, Vaughn Keenhold, senior from Braintree, VT., and Whitney LeMay, junior from Woodbridge, Va.
On Tuesday, March 5th, Dunn made an impressive mark in men's boardercross event, finishing in third place, earning the bronze and First Team All-American status. On March 6th, LeMay took on the women's field, and finished fourth, just off the podium, while also earning First Team All-American recognition.
After a day of recovery, these two Beavers took on the slalom course with LeMay taking sixth place and Second Team All-American while Connor Dunn finished in 16th place.
The Beaver board racers closed out the week with Connor Dunn finishing 20th and Whitney LeMay finishing 8th in Men's and Women's Giant Slalom (respectively).
In Men's and Women's Alpine Combined, Dunn finished tenth and LeMay finished seventh to round out their impressive national championship performances.
The men's alpine team was strong this season and took first place in the Reynolds Division. They fell just short of qualifying for nationals with their performance at Regionals.
The women's team had depth, enthusiasm and potential this year. A few injuries among the fastest held them to a second place finish in the Reynolds division. All, are looking forward to good things, next season.