The University of Colorado ski team will have all its weapons at its disposal when it tries to defend its NCAA title next month.
The Buffs will send a full 12-member squad to the NCAA Championships in Utah, the NCAA announced Monday. The meet, set for March 5-8 in Park City and Midway, Utah, will be hosted by the University of Utah.
The Buffs are one of eight teams that will send a full squad, consisting of three men's and women's skiers for alpine and Nordic. Six of the eight teams that will field full teams are from the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association with Alaska Anchorage, Denver, Montana State and New Mexico joining the Buffs and host Utes from the west. Eastern schools, Vermont and Dartmouth, will also be at full strength.
CU's alpine team will be made up of captain Andreas Haug, Henrik Gunnarsson and Kasper Hietanen on the men's side and Thea Grosvold, Jessica Honkonen and Brooke Wales for the women.
Rune Oedegaard, who won the NCAA men's classical race and was second in the freestyle race a year ago, will lead the Nordic squad. Joining him are Arnaud Du Pasquier, Mads Stroem, Camilla Brautaset, Lucy Newman and Maja Solbakken.