Griffin Mueller and Kaelyn Woods are selected again for NCAA Ski Championships

Alpine skier Griffin Mueller (left) and Nordic skier Kaelyn Woods (right) will represent Bates at the NCAA Championships March 6-9 in Stowe, Vt. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Bates College will be represented at the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships for the second year in a row by alpine skier Griffin Mueller and Nordic skier Kaelyn Woods. The two juniors, who both made their NCAA debuts one year ago in Colorado, will make the trip this year to the famliar terrain of Stowe, Vermont.

Nordic events will be held Wednesday, March 6 and Friday, March 8 at Trapp Family Lodge. Alpine events will run Thursday, March 7 and Saturday March 9 at Stowe Mountain Resort.

Participants are selected on a regional basis from two designated regions for Alpine skiing (East and West Regions) and three designated regions for Nordic skiing (Central, East and West Regions). Bids are awarded to regions using a formula determined by the skiing committee. A maximum of 12 student-athletes (three per gender per discipline) may participate from an institution.

Mueller (West Vail, Colo.) is one of 16 women from the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) circuit selected to compete. In the slalom, Mueller has finished as high as seventh place at Middlebury and 11th at the UNH Carnival. In the giant slalom, she placed 29th at both UNH and Middlebury. At the 2018 NCAA Championships, Mueller placed 22nd in the slalom and 30th in the giant slalom.

Woods (New Gloucester, Maine) is one of 14 women's Nordic skiers from the East Region selected to complete. For the second year in a row, she led the Bobcat women in every race this season. Her best results in classical technique races were ninth at UVM and 13th at Bates; in freestyle races, Woods has placed as high as 12th at Bates and 15th at St. Lawrence. In her NCAA debut a year ago, Woods placed 23rd out of 40 in the 15K freestyle and 26th in the 5K classic.

The championships will be webcast live on NCAA.com. Visit http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule to watch all the action.

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