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Photo Gallery: 2015 NCAA Championships

University of Colorado, 2015 NCAA Champions.

FasterSkier was on-site at the 2015 NCAA Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y., where the University of Colorado won its 20th national title. Check out our photos from the nordic events.

Schwencke Avoids Sprint Mayhem to Win 20 k; Cedervaern Powers to Victory in 15 k at NCAAs

Fredrik Schwencke (9) of NMU celebrates his win in the 2015 NCAA 20 k classic mass start with teammate Kyle Bratrud.

NMU’s Fredrik Schwencke skied to victory in Friday’s 20 k classic mass start, avoiding a crash in the final meters of the race which took out Colorado’s Rune Malo Ødegård and New Mexico’s Aku Nikander. In the women’s 15 k New Mexico’s Emilie Cedervaern double-poled past Utah’s Veronika Mayerhofer to her first NCAA victory.

Caldwell, Mayerhofer Claim NCAA Freestyle Titles as Colorado Takes Early Lead

Dartmouth's Paddy Caldwell hugs Vermont's Rogan Brown at the finish of the 10 k freestyle at the 2015 NCAA Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Excitement was high in upstate New York as the 2015 NCAA Skiing Championships kicked off in Lake Placid with the men’s 10 kilometer and women’s 5 k freestyle interval starts. Dartmouth’s Patrick Caldwell claimed his first national title, while the University of Utah’s Veronika Mayerhofer led a western sweep in the women’s race.

2015 NCAA Preview: Collegiate Championships Return to Lake Placid After 33 Years

The women's podium in the 15 k freestyle mass start at the 2014 NCAA Championships in Park City, Utah. The University of Denver won the its 22nd NCAA title on Saturday. (Photo: All proceeds from photo sales will be directly donated to NNF.

After more than three decades, the NCAA Skiing Championships are back in Lake Placid, N.Y. While the a lot has changed since 1983, the week’s competitions promise to be the most exciting collegiate races of the season as Colorado, Utah, Denver, and Vermont battle for the title of 2015 national champion.

RMISA Season Concludes in Anchorage with Colorado Crowned Season Champs

Colorado University's Mads Stroem on his way to victory in the 7.5 k classic race at Kincaid Park, part of the University of Alaska Anchorage Invitational held last week. (Photo: Tim Whiton)

The University of Colorado was crowned champions of the RMISA college racing scene this season after championships were held in low-snow Anchorage, Alaska, on the back of the UAA Invitational. Mads Stroem and Rune Oedegaard of CU and Emilie Cedervaern of the University of New Mexico dominated the proceedings.

EISA Regionals at SLU Carnival: Mooney, Taylor Continue Battle, Caldwell Returns to Top

An aerial view of the SLU Carnival mass start (photo: Everett Sapp)

EISA racing concluded this past weekend in Lake Placid, NY. These Regional Championships, hosted by St. Lawrence University, featured a festive atmosphere and challenging courses, and served as a precursor to next week’s NCAA Championships, also hosted by SLU. Paddy Caldwell returned to dominant form in the men’s races, while Heather Mooney and Annika Taylor continued to vie for top women’s honors.

Cold Continues, Races Carry On at Middlebury Carnival

Jorgen Grav skates to 3rd place in the men's 10km freestyle event at Middlebury (photo: Silke Hynes)

More cold conditions continued to sweep across New England as EISA racing convened in Ripton, VT for the Middlebury Carnival. Familiar faces topped the field in both classic and freestyle events. This event marked the last regular-season competition before Regional Championships in Lake Placid, NY.

12th in U23 Skiathlon, Bouffard-Nesbitt Makes Case for Senior Worlds

Canada's Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt (Rocky Mountain Racers) celebrates after finishing 12th in the 15 k skiathlon at Under-23 World Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan. (Photo: Lisa Patterson/CCC)

Olivia Bouffard-Nesbitt (Rocky Mountain Racers) didn’t have a great start, but she held off a charging Russian to finish 12th in the 15 k skiathlon at U23 World Championships. She believes she accomplished something else, too: potentially earning a place on Canada’s team to senior World Championships in Falun.

Patterson 15th, Undone by Warm Snow and Dragging Skis; Caldwell 20th, Reid 22nd in Final U23 Race

(Photo: Bryan Fish/USSA)

Scott Patterson followed up his 13th place in the 15 k skate with a 15th place in the 30 k skiathlon at Under-23 World Championships – a solid showing, according to coaches, but by his own assessment missing the results goals he had set for himself. U.S. teammate Paddy Caldwell placed 20th, and Joanne Reid led the American women in 25th.

Snowstorm and Cold Temperatures Set Backdrop for EISA Racing at St. Michael’s Carnival

Racers line up to begin the 5k classic race at the Saint Michael's College Carnival (photo: Silke Hynes)

A blizzard on day one and frigid temperatures on day two did not slow down EISA racing action at the Saint Michael’s College Carnival in Huntington, VT. Races included individual-start classic events and a 4x3k mixed-gender classic relay

Taylor, Caldwell Shine at UVM Carnival

Women's 10k Classic flower ceremony, UVM Carnival 2015

Exciting racing and close competition in the mountain village of Stowe, Vermont were on display at the UVM Carnival this past weekend. Annika Taylor of UNH and Paddy Caldwell of Dartmouth took top honors in both freestyle and classic events.

EISA Racing Begins in Rumford

Heather Mooney cruises to a win in the women's 5k freestyle (photo: Silke Hynes)

The EISA racing season began this past weekend in Rumford, Maine. Cold weather and fast skiing set the stage for some of the highest level of competition in the country.

A Buffalo On Tour: Du Pasquier Uses Military Service Requirement to Hit the World Cup

Arnaud Du Pasquier, a Swiss member of Colorado University's 2014 NCAA Championships squad, competing in the 15 k classic World Cup in Davos, Switzerland, on Saturday. Du Pasquier is using Switzerland's obligatory military service requirement to ski full-time this year.

Arnaud Du Pasquier, a member of Colorado University’s 2014 squad to NCAA Championships, will be a senior next year. For now, though, he’s taking a year to complete his mandatory military service in his native Switzerland – which he’s doing by skiing full-time, including in the Nations Group at the Davos World Cups.

UAA Upsets Two-Time Champion Nanooks for Nordic Cup (with Videos)

Junior Mackenzie Kanady led the Seawolves in Day 1 with a individual win in the women's 5K race on Saturday. (Courtesy: Sam Wasson/UAA Athletics)

This past weekend’s Alaska Nordic Cup in Fairbanks was about more than early season races: it signified the essence of in-state rivalry between the University of Alaska Fairbanks, going for its third-straight title, and the University of Alaska Anchorage nordic teams.

Associations, National Teams See Multiple Benefits in Low-Fluoro or ‘Same-Wax’ Race Protocols

What's going on in those wax tents? Depending on the race, ski prep could be a lot less fluoro-intense for some Eastern racers.

For reasons as wide-ranging as fairness of competition, stress on athletes, health of coaches, and saving money, several North American ski and biathlon organizations have policies limiting the use of high-fluoro waxes at some competitions. And they have nothing but positive feedback from their experiences.

For Some Countries, World University Games Offers Bragging Rights; For University of Wyoming, It’s the Trip of a Lifetime

The start of one of the World University Games races in Trentino. Photo: UW Ski Team.

You might see it as a missed development opportunity that the U.S. is the only country not to send its very fastest college athletes to the World University Games (we’ll explain why). But the Univerisity of Wyoming, races their hearts out, and also uses the opportunity for more than skiing: expanding athletes’ horizons, learning, and instilling a lifelong love of sport.

Wednesday Workout: Sand Dune Sprints with UAA Ski Team (with Video)

The UAA nordic and alpine teams go head to head in the sand-dune sprints at Kincaid Park in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo: Adam B. Verrier)

Twice each fall, the University of Alaska Anchorage’s nordic and alpine teams converge on their favorite sandbox for a sufferfest of sand-dune sprinting. “The family that plays together stays together and the ski team that suffers together can win together,” Kastning explains of their larger NCAA goals.

After Two-Year Apprenticeship, Lemieux Takes Reins from Fisher at Williams

Jason Lemieux (left) and Bud Fisher coached the Williams College ski team together for the last two years. This season, Lemieux has taken over head coaching responsibilities. Photo:

Jason Lemieux was happy living in Oregon. But he took what he considered the opportunity of a lifetime and came East to coach his alma mater, Williams College. Traditions remain in place but Lemieux has added variety to the Williams program, which he hopes will help the Ephs rise to new heights.

After Coaching Para-Nordic to Three Medals in Sochi, Upham Joins Bates Staff

James Upham (l) and Para-nordic High Performance Director, John Farra,

James Upham had a good run in Sochi: his Paralympic skiers won three medals – the first by U.S. women in 20 years – and before that at the Olympics Susan Dunklee, a college skier he had recruited to be a biathlete, turned in the best performance ever by a U.S. woman. Now he’s returning to his home of Maine as an assistant coach at Bates College.

Post-Biathlon, Studebaker Returns to the College Scene as Assistant Coach at University of Alaska Anchorage

Studebaker competing at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

When Nicole De Yong stepped down from the UAA coaching staff, head coach Andrew Kastning wanted to hire another woman – but female coaches aren’t easy to come by. Luckily, 2010 and 2014 Olympian Sara Studebaker had just moved to town. “I’m really excited to be here,” she told FasterSkier.