Kim Stephens will lead a young Utah team in March.
Feb. 26, 2007
Despite dropping to third place on the final day of the NCAA West Regional, the University of Utah qualified a full 12-skier team for the NCAA Championships for the second-consecutive season (Mar. 7-10). Utah's championship roster is extremely decorated, talented and young. Except for junior Kim Stephens, the team is made up entirely of freshman and sophomores. The Utes look to improve on last year's eighth-place NCAA finish.
"We're pretty excited," coach Eli Brown said. "We are in a good position to do well at the championships."
A new rule change makes having a full contingent of athletes even more significant. Prior to this season, the three-worst finishes by a school were not included in the final team score. This year all scores will count, and more skiers gives Utah an advantage as they pursue the team title. Colorado and Dartmouth will also ski with a full team.
UTAH NCAA QUALIFIERS