Youthful Nordic Team Delivers Pioneers 23rd Ski Team Title, 31st Overall

Steamboat Springs, Colorado – Going into the morning with a miniscule lead at nationals with two freshman, three sophomores, one junior and no seniors, the Denver Pioneers  men’s and women’s XC classical squads could have collapsed under the pressure of high expectations. Instead, DU skiers summoned all their skill and determination to win their record 23rd NCAA National Ski Team Championship, DU’s 31st NCAA team title.

The men built a commanding 45 point margin after the first race of the day. Then, DU sophomore Linn Eriksen in the women’s 15k punished 2nd place University of Utah and the rest of the field from start to finish. She entered the finishing stadium loop all alone, 17 seconds in front, to all but seal the team victory for DU. In total, the women’s nordic team extended DU’s final winning margin to 76 points. Denver finished first overall in the team standings with 567.5 points, ahead of the University of Colorado (491.5) and the University of Utah (485).

DU’s 23rd championship extends the Pioneers lead as the NCAA’s most successful ski program. As the host of this year’s NCAA Skiing championships , CU remains stuck in second with 20 national ski team championships.

DU was tied with the University of Florida with the 10th most overall NCAA titles but now stands alone in 10th with 31 titles. DU has more championships titles than many other local and national athletic powerhouses programs such as CU, Notre Dame, the Ohio State University, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and the University of Oregon.

 

4 thoughts on “Youthful Nordic Team Delivers Pioneers 23rd Ski Team Title, 31st Overall”

  1. Dominant performance in the Nordic today to bring home NCAA title #23 for the DU skiers. Linn Eriksen, a sophomore from Oslo, Norway won the 15K race in grand style.

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  2. It’s a great day to be a Pioneer fan. Congratulations to our ski team, who closed out the championship in dominant fashion. I am guessing that we won the title by a comfortable margin. The alpine team rocked it all week, and the Nordic team did an amazing job today, even in the tough conditions that the women faced. Way to represent!!!

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    1. The nordic teams were truly dominant today. Hard to believe – considering their youth. Lin Eriksen absolutely demoralized the rest of the field. She never gave them any hope, even if their chances were remote.
      She had the eye of the tiger today!

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