WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Hannah Hunsaker '19 opened her second trip to the NCAA Championships with a remarkable sixth place finish in the women's Giant Slalom.
Loose, granular conditions and overcast skies welcomed athletes from across the country to Canon Mountain in Grafton Country, NH. While many struggled to perform, Hunsaker, the only alpine skier representing Williams College at the Championhsips, rose to the occasion. After her first run, Hunsaker found herself in 12th.
While not a bad position to be in, she knew that if she wanted to remain top ten she would have to do something spectacular. Hunsaker did just that, knotching the third fastest second run! When all was said and done, Hunsaker sat in sixth place overall behind today's winner Benedicte Lyche of Montana State University.
This is Hunsaker's second All-American finish in two years, prompting Eph Alpine head coach Kelsey Levine to remark, "I couldn't have hoped for a better result. Today Hannah proved that she is truly a two-event collegiate skier." Hunsaker who will take to the slopes again on Friday March 10th for the Slalom event, wanted to give a shout-out to her coaches and teammates who have played a huge role in her historic season, "Super excited to have had such an awesome day today! Huge thanks to Kelsey and Dan, and the entire Williams alpine team. Couldn't do this without that awesome crew!! It's such an honor to represent Williams and I can't wait to bring this momentum into Friday's race!".
Hunsaker's strong showing today earned Williams College 27 points and has the ephs in 12th place. The Ephs did not qualify a male Alpine skier this year, but the Williams team will send a trio of male Nordic skiers into competition tomorrow.