Westminster’s Inaugural Ski Team Wins Women’s 2009 Nationals in First Year
First Tracks!!! Online Ski Magazine
Mar 13, 2009
Winter Park, CO - The new Westminster Griffins Alpine Ski Team is off to a racing start this year as both men's and women's teams from the Salt Lake City college defeated 20 other schools to walk away with the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) Nationals Alpine Team Combined crowns at 2009 National Championships held in Winter Park, Colo. last week
With a team roster of seven women and 12 men, Westminster’s inaugural ski team has had quite a successful season. As the college’s most internationally diverse program, the new team includes almost all freshmen from as far as Norway, France, Austria, Italy and Canada, to home-grown students from Utah, Texas, Colorado, Idaho and Wyoming
The Griffins were led in Winter Park by Kendall Brown of Canada, who earned a second-place finish in Friday's slalom with a two-run combined time of 1:22.6. Brown also logged a second-place finish in last Wednesday's giant slalom. Freshman Wiktoria Glowczynski (Canada) was fourth overall and Freshman Melissa Gill (Jackson, Wyo.) finished 11th. Team wins in both giant slalom and slalom earned the Westminster women the Women's Alpine Team Combined title over Sierra Nevada College and Colby-Sawyer, who finished second and third, respectively.
“A relaxed attitude was a huge factor in my successful season,” Brown explained. “Racing as a part of a team definitely added a new element to the sport for me. Focusing on my own performance, and not the uncontrollable elements around me, was a key part to bringing home a Griffin victory.”
The Westminster Men’s Alpine Ski Team finished third in the combined results behind Colby-Sawyer College and Sierra Nevada at the nationals. Westminster freshman Lorentz Gedde-Dahl (Norway) won the individual championship thanks to winning each individual event.
Coach Chris Hendrickson was pleased with his team’s inaugural success, but is already planning for the next competition season.
“I’m already looking to add more races to next year’s competition schedule,” he mentioned. “This will allow the team to compete against skiers in tougher divisions which will help them improve their competitive edge and skills.”