COLCHESTER, Vt. - Four Saint Michael's College student-athletes are representing a pair of programs at NCAA Championships this week. The Alpine skiing trio of junior Mathias Grimsrud (Stabekk, Norway/Donski Alpine), sophomore Guillaume Grand (La Plagne, France/Lycée Général Ferrié) and first-year Anna Willassen (Jar, Norway/Persbråten VGS) join competitors from NCAA Division I, II and III on Wednesday and Friday at Cannon Mountain Ski Area in Franconia, N.H., while women's swimming & diving senior Lindsay McNall (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) swims on Friday and Saturday in Birmingham, Ala.
Grand becomes the fourth Purple Knight to ever qualify for multiple NCAA Championships, having become the first All-America skier in College history last year in Steamboat Springs, Colo., by claiming ninth during the slalom. Thanks in part to taking second place in the slalom during each of the first three Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) carnivals this year, Grand earned EISA All-East accolades for the second consecutive winter. Grimsrud and Willassen make their NCAA Championship debuts.
Due to inclement weather, Wednesday's giant slalom has been pushed back two hours to 11 a.m., when the women make their first run. The men follow at 11:45 a.m., and the second runs of the day kick off at 1:30 p.m. Friday's slalom starts at 9 a.m. For more information about the Purple Knights' Alpine skiing trio, visit here.
McNall is the first swimmer in College history to qualify for an NCAA Championship, and it has been 31 years since a member of a Saint Michael's swimming & diving program qualified for an NCAA meet. Diver Sue Judge '86 was chosen in 1983 and 1986 after fellow diver Luke Dougherty '84 also was picked during his senior year, in 1984. McNall will be one of three Northeast-10 Conference student-athletes - and one of two swimmers - at the meet. She will swim two events, starting with the 100-yard backstroke on Friday, with trials beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET and finals kicking off at 7 p.m. The next day, McNall takes part in the 200 back event. Prelims again start at 11:30 a.m. ET that day before finals are at 6:30 p.m. The top 16 trials swimmers will advance to evening sessions.
All swimming races will take place at the Birmingham CrossPlex, as the NCAA Division II National Championships Festival is hosted by the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the City of Birmingham. During the NE10 Championship, McNall won both the 100 and 200 back races among her three all-conference placements. See here to learn more about McNall.
Free, live video and results of all NCAA Championship events this week can be found at SMCAthletics.com.