Recap from Coach Bruce on USCSA Nationals:
The Amazing UCONN SKIING HUSKIES continue their dominance as the BEST CLUB TEAM IN AMERICA with the Women's Team 5th place combined finish and the Men's 7th place combined result at USCSA Nationals competing against varsity and club programs from around the country. I'm very proud of this hard-working group of student-athletes and their remarkable accomplishments.
The Women's 5th place combined finish was their best showing in team history. Their historical run includes a best-ever single event 4th place in the Giant Slalom and 7th place in the Slalom. Junior co-captain Lexi Skovran led the charge in the GS, finishing 10th, to garner All-American honors, followed by senior co-captain Kelsie Carlette in 19th and Lauren Sullivan, with an impressive 27th. In the Slalom, Lexi was the top Husky and earned All-American honors with a 6th place finish, followed closely by Keslie in 18th place. Rock-steady junior Rachael Lefebvre stepped it up after a couple UConn women crashed, to place 47th and secure the 7th place Slalom finish for the women. Both Lexi and Kelsie earned All-American combined honors.
The Men's Team wrapped up an awesome year with their 7th place overall result, which included a 6th place in the Slalom and an 8th in the Giant Slalom. The top Slalom finisher was senior Griffin Struyk in 15th, which was good enough to garner all-American honors. Following Griffin were sophomore Brian Chambers in 27th and his brother, senior co-captain Bobby Chambers in 33rd. Sophomore Mike White finished just out of the money 4 hundredths behind Bobby in 34th place. Brian Chambers was the top Husky in the Giant Slalom in 26th, followed by sophomore Joe Demuyt, who survived a near-crash when he skied through a gate panel on the second run to hold on for 30th, and Griffin in 36th.
It was a great year with this tremendous group of over-achieving student-athletes and I feel grateful to have been a part of it. Thanks to everyone on the team who made this year such a memorable and fun ride, and especially the captains Bobby Chambers and Kelsie Carlette, and to officers Rachael Lefebvre and Mike White, who inspired me all year with their selfless dedication to the team Thanks to all of the families and friends who have supported the team so generously. We could not continue to be so successful without your continuing help and good vibes.