Sun Valley, Idaho: Mountain Sports athletes competed at the USCSA Intercollegiate Nationals last week from March 3-10. As you may have noted from our mid-week update, WSCU was represented by skiing and snowboarding athletes in cross, nordic, and park & pipe events. After a lot of travel, practice, and hard work, WSCU finished out the week strong with several podium results and overall standings that defined “Mountaineer Pride”.

USCSA collegiate nationals this year were a huge success for our team. It was the first time we have gone as WSCU Mountain Sports with a full roster of freestyle skiers and snowboarders. Bringing so many plates and podiums back to Western is a huge step for this team,” said Connor Michael, WSCU Skier and Business major.

WSCU brought 22 athletes (men and women) to USCSA Nationals, each competing in at least one event, and the majority of athletes competing in multiple events. In addition 3 media students traveled with the team to capture photo, video, and vibes of the week – their photos and edit can be seen below. Ansel Schimpff was the only coach in attendance, representing the Nordic Team.

 The week was a great representation of WSCU’s Mountain Sports Team, and it was full of fun and success,” said Caleb Woodworth, WSCU Skier and Business/ENVS major.

USCSA Nationals was an amazing experience for our athletes, showcasing the talent and competitive nature of our students at WSCU. We are proud of all those who represented at Nationals and can’t wait to see what happen’s in the future with WSCU Mountain Sports Ski & Board teams. This coming weekend the Freeride Team heads out to Moonlight Basin, MT for competition at the Freeride World Tour, stay tuned for updates as the team hits the road tomorrow.

Women’s Results

Women’s Freestyle Skiing (Skier Cross, Halfpipe and Slopestyle)

WSCU 3rd Overall

Francesca Pavillard-Cain 3rd in Skier Cross

Francesca Pavillard-Cain 5th in Halfpipe

WSCU 3rd in Skier Cross

WSCU 3rd in Halfpipe

WSCU 3rd in Slopestyle

Francesca Pavillard-Cain 3rd Overall – Freestyle Skiing

 Men’s Results

Men’s Freestyle Skiing (Skier Cross, Halfpipe and Slopestyle)

WSCU 2nd Overall

Dave Sugnet 1st in Slopestyle and 3rd in Halfpipe

Connor Michael 2nd in Skier Cross

Morgan Haymans 4th in Skier Cross (crashed while leading the final)

WSCU 2nd in Skier Cross

WSCU 3rd in Halfpipe

WSCU 2nd in Slopestyle

Dave Sugnet 4th Overall – Freestyle Skiing

Connor Michael 7th Overall – Freestyle Skiing

Morgan Haymans 10th Overall – Freestyle Skiing

Men’s Nordic

 Chris Lange 5th  in the 8.5km Classic

Chris Lange 7th in the 15k Freestyle

Men’s Snowboarding  (Boarder Cross, Halfpipe, Slopestyle and GS)

WSCU 3rd Overall

Grady Shoop 3rd in Slopestyle

WSCU 3rd in Boarder Cross

WSCU 3rd in Halfpipe

WSCU 3rd in Slopestyle