Four All-American Efforts Highlight Day One Of NCAA Skiing

Lucia Bailey finished fifth overall in Friday's giant slalom race (NCAA Photos).
Lucia Bailey finished fifth overall in Friday's giant slalom race (NCAA Photos).

The NCAA Skiing Championships are underway in Bozeman, Montana. The first day of competition featured the men's and women's giant slalom races at the Bridger Bowl, as four Panthers earned All-American honors. Unfortunately, due to concerns with COVID-19, the events were halted after two days of racing. No official team scores will be recorded for the championship, but the Panthers were in third place after two days, trailing Utah and Denver.

Denver leads after one day of racing with 172 points, followed by Utah (152) and Middlebury (115). Action continues on Thursday with the first day of nordic competition beginning at noon eastern time.

All three Middlebury women earned All-American honors, placing in the top eight. Lucia Bailey led the pack, finishing the race fifth overall with a two-run time of 1:54.52. Ali Nullmeyer moved up five spots from her first run to place sixth, covering the course in 1:54.83. Nina Reichhelm also had a great second run, moving from 20th to eighth place with a time of 1:55.41. The women's team placed second in the event.

Tim Gavett led the men's squad on day one, going from ninth into a tie for sixth place in the GS, completing his two runs with a time of 1:48.21. Erik Arvidsson moved up four spots to place 21st, compiling a time of 1:49.68. Justin Alkier was 16th after his first trip down the hill, but was unable to complete his second run.