Sandell qualifies for second NCAA Championship, competing at Middlebury

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College Alpine skiing sophomore Fredrik Sandell (Oslo, Norway/Donski Alpine) was selected to compete in the NCAA Championship for the second straight winter, as he was among 74 men chosen to take part in an event that involves student-athletes from Divisions I, II and III. The NCAA Championship will be hosted by Middlebury College, with the giant slalom occurring on March 6 and the slalom on March 8, both at the Middlebury Snow Bowl.

Sandell, who was one of 34 male Alpine skiers chosen, and among 16 from the East region, is just the third Purple Knight ever selected for multiple NCAA Championships, each for the Alpine disciplines. He joins four-time qualifier Keith Farnand '00 as the lone Purple and Gold skiers to take part as both a first-year and a sophomore. Sandell remains one of only nine skiers from the College to ever qualify for the national meet.

With Brad Harden '10 competing in 2009 and 2010, Sandell gives Saint Michael's an NCAA selection for the fourth time in five years, as Sandell was 21st in the slalom and 26th in the giant slalom last year at the Bridger Bowl in Bozeman, Mont. By single-handedly pushing the Purple Knights to a 19th-place team finish, Sandell helped the program crack the top 20 at the NCAA Championship for the ninth time, and the second since 2000.

Sandell was one of the Purple Knights' most consistent performers during the regular season, cracking the top 25 seven times in 12 races, including a third-place showing in the slalom at the University of Vermont Carnival. Sandell was one of his team's top two finishers eight times.