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Championships Thread- Skiing at 2020 NCAA's (Around Bozeman, MT, Wed. 3/11-Sat. 3/14)

AztecBuff

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It's Championships time, as the chosen 12 Buff skiers, along with their coaches and other support staff, are in Montana to face off against the rest of the best in the NCAA this Wednesday through Saturday, with this year's Championships hosted by Montana State University.
(Thankfully, as in prior years, looks like the NCAA will be providing (unlike for cross country running) free streaming coverage of all the races! See near the bottom of this post for more detail.)

Go BUFFS!!!

Preview -

Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2020/3/10/skiing-buffs-head-to-montana-in-search-of-schools-21st-title.aspx

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BOZEMAN, Mont.--The Colorado Ski Team will look to return to the top of the collegiate skiing world for the first time in five years as teams from across the country gather here this week to take part in the 67th Annual NCAA Ski Championships, hosted by Montana State at Bridger Bowl (alpine) and Crosscut Mountain (Nordic).

The Buffs are one of just three teams to field a full 12-skier squad this week, along with RMISA rivals Denver and Utah, but the emergence of Middlebury as a legitimate threat out of the east means as many as six to eight teams have a legitimate shot of leaving Bozeman with a championship by the end of the weekend. Middlebury, Dartmouth and Vermont will all be represented by 11 skier teams in Bozeman.

Action will get underway Wednesday with giant slalom races on the alpine side. The women's race will start at 9 a.m. followed by the men's first run at 10:15 a.m. Second runs are tentatively set for 12:45 p.m. for the women and 2 p.m. for the men. Nordic participants will take center stage on Thursday with the 5K women's and 10K men's freestyle races at Crosscut Mountain. The women's interval-start race will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the men at Noon. Friday's slalom races will close out the alpine action at Bridger Bowl. The women will again get things started at 9 a.m. followed by the men at 10:15 a.m. Saturday's 15K women's and 20K men's classic mass start races will close out the championship. The men's race will start at 10 a.m. and the women's race will close out the championship at Noon.

The Buffs will be represented by alpine skiers Stef Fleckenstein, Filip Forejtek, Emma Hammergaard, Teddy Takki, Mikaela Tommy and Joey Young, and Nordic skiers Hedda Baangman, Magnus Boee, Sondre Bollum, Anna-Maria Dietze, Ryan Jackson and Anne Siri Lervik. Seven of the 12 Buffs have skied at NCAAs before, earning seven All-America honors and 10 of the 12 have hit the podium a combined 31 times, including 10 wins from four of the squad. (SEE: Buffs NCAA Championship Team Selected)
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The Championships will consist of 148 student-athletes from 23 teams competing for the ultimate prize. Of those 23 teams competing, just nine have 10 or more skiers competing with a realistic shot of winning a championship. In 2006, Colorado won the title without a full 12-skier squad and Denver followed up that feat in 2008, but those are the only two teams that have won a title without a full team.

Colorado, Denver and Utah will all field full 12-skier teams while eastern powers Dartmouth, Middlebury and Vermont will all have 11-skier squads along with Montana State from the west. Alaska Anchorage and New Hampshire will both field 10-skier squads.

The west has dominated the NCAA Championships in recent years, winning each of the last seven championships (Vermont was the last east school to win, doing so the last time the championships were here in Bozeman in 2012) and 11 of the past 12 and 23 of the past 25 title. Since skiing went coed in 1983, the west has won 31 of the 37 championships, with Vermont winning five and Dartmouth one; while Utah (11), Denver (10) and Colorado (8) account for 29 of those 37 championships.
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Links to and more info on this the Championships -

NCAA's Championships homepage - https://www.ncaa.com/live-updates/skiing/nc/ncaa-skiing-championships-schedule-results-how-watch-2020

Host Montana State's (MSU) Championships homepage - https://msubobcats.com/sports/2020/1/30/2020-ncaa-skiing-championships.aspx

Schedule (from the MSU homepage) (NOTE - All times are Mountain. I added some notes in parentheses repeating some of the schedule detail from the cubuffs.com article quoted above.) :

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March 11, 2020 NCAA Giant Slalom- 9 a.m. - Bridger Bowl ("The women's race will start at 9 a.m. followed by the men's first run at 10:15 a.m. Second runs are tentatively set for 12:45 p.m. for the women and 2 p.m. for the men.")
March 12, 2020 NCAA 5/10-km Freestyle - 10 a.m./12 p.m. - Crosscut Mountain Sports Center ("The women's (5K) interval-start race will begin at 10 a.m., followed by the men (10K) at Noon.")
March 13, 2020 NCAA Slalom - 9 a.m. - Bridger Bowl ("The women will again get things started at 9 a.m. followed by the men at 10:15 a.m.")
March 14, 2020 NCAA 15/20-km Classic - 10 a.m./12 p.m. ("The men's (20K) race will start at 10 a.m. and the women's (15K) race will close out the championship at Noon. ")

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Since I always forget the scoring system in skiing, I have posted the below in various prior years' threads. (I'm assuming/ hoping there's no change this year.) -

"Scoring in NCAA Skiing- the top 30 finishers of each race earn points. The scores earned for the top 8 finishers from 1st through 8th are 40 (for 1st place)-37-34-31-29-27-25-23. After that, the 9th through 30th places earn one point less for each lower place finish, so for example 9th place earns 22 points, 10th place 21 points, etc., all the way down to the 30th place finisher, who earns 1 point."
(Note-at the NCAA championships, teams can only bring 3 athletes of each gender for each type of skiing (Alpine and Nordic), so all their finishes count. For earlier season races with more than 3 racers per team competing in each event, only the top 3 finishers for each team get their finishes counted when calculating their team's score.)"
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Live Streams - As with prior championships, the NCAA is providing free streams. Links will be added as they become available. In general, Looks like a general link which should get us into the "neighborhood" of the current day's race stream is https://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule/2020/03/11 .

Live timings/ results (More detailed links will hopefully be provided as they become available.) -
Overall (Cumulative) Team Scoring - http://www.rmisaskiing.com/meet-live.php

Alpine -
For 3/11 (Giant Slalom) races -
Men's - http://www.rmisaskiing.com/livea.php?r=1729 includes team scoring; looks like https://vola.ussalivetiming.com/race/usa-mt-bridger-bowl-ncaa-collegiate-alpine-championships_12985.html will also provide live results.
Women's - http://www.rmisaskiing.com/livea.php?r=1728 includes team scoring; https://vola.ussalivetiming.com/race/usa-mt-bridger-bowl-ncaa-collegiate-alpine-championships_12984.html also gives live results.

Nordic - http://summittiming.net/races/race_results_for_ncaa_champs_2020.php
 
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AztecBuff

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Looks like the Championships now are starting at 9:30 this morning, and more links for live timing and team scoring.

 

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After an overall VERY tough day on the slopes yesterday*** (but congrats to sophomore Filip Forejtek for the 2nd place finish!), the Buffs hope to move up the leaderboard today as the women's Nordic race has begun. (***The Buffs are way back in 8th after both their top 2 women's skiers (who were also top rated nationally) couldn't finish one of their runs (always a danger in Alpine), so didn't earn any points.)


Article about yesterday's races-
 
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Looking like it's just "one of those championships" for the Buffs. Although the Nordic folk had a better day than Alpine did yesterday, neither the men or women were near being the top team point scorers. Still half the Championships to go, so hopefully the Buffs can put together a strong finish so they can at least challenge for a podium finish. (Unofficially, CU is in 5th place with 158 points, 58 behind 3rd place Middlebury as I write this, with Vermont in 4th 32 points clear of the Buffs. Utah is showing in the lead with 293 points, 32 points ahead of 2nd place DU.)

 

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Assumed this was the case, but it's confirmed, per Utah skiing's twitter account, that the remainder of the skiing championships have been cancelled.

 
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