14 Saint Michael's skiers earn national academic accolades

14 Saint Michael's skiers earn national academic accolades

COLCHESTER, Vt. - A school-record 14 Saint Michael's College skiers drew United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association (USCSCA) National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team nods, being lauded for posting a minimum 3.5 cumulative grade-point average. Qualifiers must also compete at an NCAA regional championship, as eight members of the Nordic squad and six Alpine representatives were honored after racing at the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Championship in late February in Middlebury. The Purple Knights surpassed their prior mark of 12 from 2014.

Five women from the Nordic program were lauded in senior Brianna McKinley (Moultonborough, N.H./Moultonborough Academy), junior Julia Snyder (Fairfax, Vt./BFA-Fairfax), sophomores Emma Barnes (Amherst, Wis./Amherst) and Micaela Flagg (Wolfeboro, N.H./Kingswood Regional), and first-year Amy Duclos (Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendehowa). Senior Samuel Fogg (Rutland, Vt./Rutland) and first-years Aaron Deeter (Truckee, Calif./Tahoe Truckee) and Liam Schmelzle (Saint Louis Park, Minn./Saint Louis Park) represented the men's team. Fogg, McKinley and Snyder qualified for the third time in their careers and Barnes for the second time.

Six members from the Alpine program earned recognition. Senior Brad Farrell (West Windsor, Vt./Sharon Academy) and first-years Danny Duffy (Warren, Vt./Green Mountain Valley School) and Torjus Grimsrud (Stabekk, Norway/Donski Alpine) hailed from the men's team, while senior Willow Smith (Bradford, Vt./Oxbow) and sophomores Molly Carolan (Minneapolis, Minn./Southwest) and Meggane Grand ((La Plagne, France/Lycée des métiers Ambroise Croizat) were among those honored from the women's side. Farrell collected his fourth accolade in as many years, and Grand and Smith grabbed their second awards.