Ski programs to send four to NCAA meet

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: February 28, 2012
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Natalie Biedermann

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Jake Barton (Morrisville, Vt.) of the Colby College Nordic ski team and alpine skiers Natalie Biedermann (Shelburne, Vt.), Cassady Roberts (Steamboat Springs, Colo.), and Brian Morgan (Haverhill, Mass.) will all compete at the NCAA Skiing Championships in Bozeman, Mont., from March 7 to 10.
Barton and Morgan both competed in the NCAA meet last year at Sunday River. Barton will compete at Bohart Ranch on March 7 and 9, while the three alpine skiers compete March 8 and 10 at Bridger Bowl. Montana State University is the host school for the NCAA meet.
Barton has been Colby's top Nordic skier during the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) season. He has earned six top-15 performances in 11 races. Barton finished 26th in the 20-kilometer mass start and 38th in the 10K freestyle technique at last year's national meet.
"Jake has had an incredibly strong and consistent season," Colby Nordic head coach Tracey Cote said. "Although competing at altitude has its challenges, Jake has proven he can compete with the best. It’s really exciting to see him race his second NCAA nationals."
Morgan, a co-captain this season for the Mules, also had six top-15 finishes during the alpine season in the slalom and giant slalom. He has been in the top-15 of all slalom races he finished during the EISA season. Morgan finished 16th in the giant slalom at nationals last year, but had a disqualification in the slalom.
"Brian has had a great senior year," Colby alpine head coach Danny Noyes said. "His finishes have become more consistent and he has been able to charge and place himself high within an incredibly competitive EISA men's field. His focus and ability to understand what is going on in his own skiing will certainly help him adjust to the soft snow out at Bridger Bowl."
Biedermann has had major improvement during her time at Colby and had four top-15 finishes this season. She had the best finish of any Colby skier this season with a fourth in the slalom at the Bates College event at Sunday River. Biedermann also had the highest finish for a alpine skier in the giant slalom, with an eighth-place finish at the University of Vermont meet at Stowe.
"Natalie has also had a phenomenal senior year," Noyes said. "Her ability to make adjustments in her skiing and take risks on snow has quickly moved her to the top 10 and even top five at EISA races. The hill in Bozeman is a very compatible one for her style of skiing, so I am encouraged to see her pull it all together at the championships."

Roberts, the lone captain for the women's team, also had four top-15 finishes this season. She had a ninth in the giant slalom at the University of New Hampshire event and had two top-10 finishes in the slalom.
"Cassady has worked incredibly hard to develop her competitive drive," Noyes said. "Regardless of field or field size, she is going to attack and put her best foot forward." 

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