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UVM SkiCats eye repeat

Monday, March 4th@

With last year's trophy tucked away the Vermont alpine and nordic skiing teams set their sights at a new goal Wednesday at the NCAA Championships in Middlebury. Their first back-to-back titles since 1989.

"It's great to see all of your hard work pay off", says alpine star Kate Ryley.  "To be able to win two with UVM would also be amazing.

"We just need to go in relaxed and focused. Ski our best out there.", adds nordic standout Scott Patterson.

Despite the extra pressure associated with being the nation's No. 1, the lofty expectations haven't stopped the Skicats from doing what they do best. win. The Catamounts swept the E-I-S-A Circuit and took home the title last week, a feat they hadn't accomplished since 2000.

"This team has been great.", says head coach Bill Reichelt.  "They support each other each event and have a special chemistry coaches only dream about."

With more than 12 wins from alpine standouts Travis Dawson, Kate Ryley and Kristina Riis-Johannessen and nordic skiers Scott Patterson and Anja Gruber, you could say they have the winning formula too.

"We believe we can win, which is a great feeling.", says Ryley.  "I don't feel the pressure, I'm excited to go out and try and do it again."

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