Panther Men Win Slalom Title, Boast Two All-Americans
March 8, 2013
Middlebury posted the best team score in the men’s slalom at the NCAA Skiing Championships for the second straight year, seeing a pair of skiers finish in All-America positions Friday at the Middlebury Snow Bowl. David Donaldson led the way for the Panthers, placing second in a two-run time of 1:39.24 to claim first-team All-America honors. Donaldson, the first-run leader, came in just 28 hundredths of a second behind winner Joonas Rasanen of New Mexico.
Donaldson improved on a 21st-place finish in Wednesday’s giant slalom to cap a senior season that saw him win six races and lead the Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association (EISA) giant slalom standings.
Middlebury junior Hig Roberts shined in the second run to place sixth in 1:40.13, earning All-American recognition for the second straight year. He landed on the second team this winter after picking up first-team honors with a fifth-place showing in 2012 championships in Bozeman, Mont.
The duo's showing gives Middlebury three alpine All-Americans this winter. Mary Sackbauer, who was ninth in Wednesday's women's giant slalom, completed her season with a 19th-place showing Friday in the slalom in 1:41.33.
The third Middlebury men's skier, senior Andrew McNealus of Woodstock, slipped in the second run and settled for 21st place in 1:42.22.
The NCAA Championships wrap up Saturday with the Nordic mass start freestyle races at Rikert Nordic Center. Racing starts at 10 a.m.