Kia Mosenthal Wins Slalom at USCSA National Championships as Bears Win Slalom Team Title
Final Giant Slalom Results
Final Slalom Results
SUNDAY RIVER, ME - Senior Kia Mosenthal (Plymouth, NH) had the fastest time in the second run at 52.30 to clinch first place and take home the USCSA National Title in the slalom on Friday afternoon. Mosenthal earned a time of 53.72 in the first run, which was also good for first overall. Combined with a 12th place finish by sophomore Maria Mastanduno (Hanover, NH) and a 13th place finish by sophomore Emma LeBlanc (Darien, CT), the Bears also took the slalom Championship.
(the text below was written by Blaine Martin)
The Brown Women's Ski Team rounded out a fantastic Nationals performance with a win in today's Slalom competition at the USCSA National Championships. The Bears raced onWednesday in the Giant Slalom and placed 2nd of 20 teams. The race saw strong finishes from all five competing athletes, Kia Mosenthal (4th), Emma LeBlanc (10th), freshman Nika Mosenthal (12th), junior Catherine Stewart (20th) and freshman Amanda Engelhardt (22nd). Momentum from Wednesday's success carried over into today's Slalom competition.
The Bears entered this year's National Championship undefeated in Slalom and remained atop the podium with today's win. The first run saw the Bears lay down five solid runs, with top skier Kia Mosenthal in 2nd and the following 3 skiers in the top 30. After a contentious disqualification of the leading racer from the first run, the Brown Bears and captain Kia moved into the top team and individual positions.
The pressure built up as second run approached. Stewart improved upon her first run, giving the Bears a solid platform with a 27th place finish. Nika Mosenthal was first at the split but an unfortunate fall lost her a top 20 position. This put more pressure on the girls at the top of the course, as the three fastest combined times are counted for the overall team result. Despite the setback, LeBlanc persevered to cross the finish line in 13th place. Mastanduno followed with another fast run, landing her in 12th place. With these two results, the Bears were in reach of the title, and the team looked to Kia Mosenthal to secure her first place position and the team's first Slalom Championship. Kia delivered, winning the overall by 2 seconds.
Assistant coach Blaine Martin said of the Bears, "I've never seen such a cohesive team dynamic. The rest of our division looks to these women for leadership and for motivation. They managed to combine a winning season with a spirit of sportsmanship and camaraderie. I'm so proud."
The Brown Bear's ended up 2nd overall, with several individuals earning All-Academic and Skiing All-American Honors. Kia Mosenthal's stellar performance has qualified her as the USCSA US Nationals representative. She has the opportunity to travel to Winter Park, CO to compete against the top US Ski Team athletes.