Men's Ski Team Finishes Fifth in Nationals Giant Slalom
March 8, 2010
Sunday River, Maine - Boston College's Men's Ski Team started strong in the 2010 USCSA National Championships, finishing fifth in the Giant Slalom races held on Thursday at Sunday River. Twenty-one teams and 117 college racers competed in the Nationals Giant Slalom event. BC's Senior Captain Stephen Fiorella finished an individual 14th, with a combined race time of 2:12:36, closely followed by teammate Senior Greg Graves (15th) who finished less than one tenth of a second behind at 2:12:44. Sophomore Dave Loftus also finished strong, helping BC grab fifth place in the standings. Fiorella and Graves were both named Second Team All Americans for their performances. Sierra Nevada College finished first in the Giant Slalom, followed by Utah's Westminster College.
On Saturday,the BC men struggled to find clean finishers and landed in 12th Place in the Slalom event. Fiorella again led the Eagles with his 15th place finish. Junior Dylan Roberts and Senior Captain John Ramer also contributed to the team finish. Fiorella's finish qualified him for All American status in the Slalom as well. Westminster College and Sierra Nevada finished at the top of the Nationals standings again, with Westminster edging out Sierra this time.
In the combined team standings, the Eagles finished in eighth place. Team Captain Stephen Fiorella also qualified as a Second Team All American in the combined rankings.
Three Eagle skiers were also named Academic All Americans by the USCSA. Senior Hugh Kirkpatrick and Dave Loftus were both named to the USCSA's First Team Academic All Americans. Dylan Roberts was also recognized with Honorable Mention Academic All American honors.