MSU ski teams place sixth in NCAA Championships

The MSU ski team had a successful showing at the NCAA Skiing Championships. With one individual title and eight All-American honors to place sixth overall. This is the eighth consecutive year the Bobcats have placed top 10 in the national championships. The Championships took place March 8 – 11.

Sophomore Benni Lyche became the fourth Bobcat in history to win an individual title. Lyche placed first in the giant slalom in a two run total time of 2:17.58. Teammate Stephanie Gartner placed right behind Lyche in 2:17.71. Lyche and Gartner placed second and fourth, respectively, at the 2016 NCAA Championships.

MSU led the competition after the first day with 149 team points, 85 of those points coming from the women’s giant slalom. At the end of the events, MSU placed behind Utah, Colorado, Denver, Dartmouth and Vermont, finishing with 320 team points. Utah claimed the 2017 title with 541.5 team points.

The Bobcats also boasted multiple All-American honors. Senior Anika Miller, who won an individual title at the 2016 NCAA Skiing Championships, placed fourth in the 15-kilometer freestyle to gain All-American. Other honors went to sophomore Johannah Taliharm in the freestyle, Lyche and Gartner in the slalom and freshman Addison Dvoracek and junior Garrett Driller in the men’s giant slalom.