Mueller takes 22nd place in women's slalom at NCAA Championships

Griffin Mueller placed 22nd out of 34 women in the slalom at the NCAA Championships on March 9, 2018 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. (File photo by Dennis Curran)

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. -- Bates sophomore Griffin Mueller survived a brief mishap at the start of her first run to place 22nd overall in the women's slalom Friday night at the NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships.

Mueller (West Vail, Colo.) appeared to miss a gate at the start of her first run, necessitating a quick hike of a about a step, but she recovered nicely to finish in 42.18 seconds, 29th fastest out of 34.

Mueller's second run was the 16th-fastest in the field, 42.90 seconds, earning nine team points for Bates' alpine and Nordic combined teams at NCAAs. Her two-run combined time of 1:25.08 came 0.14 seconds behind 21st-place Haley Cutler of New Mexico and 0.05 seconds ahead of New Mexico's Katharine Irwin. 

Mueller was the fastest of three competitors in the field from Division III institutions.

It is the best NCAA Championship finish by a Bates alpine skier since March 12, 2011, when now-head coach Micaela Holland placed 18th in the women's slalom while John Canney and Ben Manter placed 15th and 17th in the men's slalom, respectively.

The NCAA Championships wrap up Saturday with 15K women's and 20K men's Nordic freestyle races, featuring Bates sophomore Kaelyn Woods.