BEND, Ore. – For the first time in program history, the Rocky Mountain College men and women are USCSA national champions at the same time.
The women capped a big weekend Saturday by winning a tiebreaker over Sierra Nevada College to take the Alpine Combined championship at Mt. Bachelor in Bend, Oregon.
The Lady Bears won the Slalom title earlier in the week, and finished second to the Eagles in the Giant Slalom race Saturday, tying the teams’ aggregate score at 3. Rocky though had a better individual place aggregate, which gave them the title.
Senior Frida Svedberg finished her incredible career with her fourth GS Individual title, winning Saturday in 2:13.15. Svedberg beat out Sierra’s Saana Ahonen by 0.95 seconds to claim the title. Svedberg also won her third career Slalom crown earlier in the week.
This is the second national team title for Rocky’s women, after breaking through in 2014. The Battlin’ Bear men had won four previous titles, but this is the first time that both programs brought home championships in the same year.
Andraz Reich-Pogladic won the men’s Alpine combined national title Friday with a second-place GS finish coupled with a Slalom title on Wednesday. Erik Hogbom finished third in the GS while Sean McCormick finished sixth, giving the Bears a commanding win in the team race over SNC.
The men also made history as the first Rocky team to win back-to-back national titles. The Bears can now claim five championships – 2005, 2007, 2011, 2016, and 2017.