Burke, Drechsel Earn USCSA Academic All-American

CASTLETON - Junior Robert Burke (Goshen, NY) and freshman Reed Drechsel (Carrabassett Valley, ME) of the Castleton State College ski team have been named USCSA Academic All-Americans this past week at the USCSA National Championships at Sun Valley, Idaho.

Burke finished the ECSC Thompson Division ranked third overall and also earned All-ECSC Regional honors for his performance at the USCSA Eastern Regional slalom event, where he placed 15th out of 70 racers. At the USCSA National Championships at Sun Valley, ID, Burke placed 22nd out of 112 of the top USCSA racers in the country. Off the slopes, Burke has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.38

Drechsel, the 2011 ECSC Thompson Division Skier of the Year, finished first in the ECSC Thompson Division overall individual standings. Drechsel completed his freshman year with seven top-five results, including one victory and three other podium finishes. At the USCSA Eastern Regional Championships, Drechsel tied for 21st overall (along with Burke) with a 20th place performance in the slalom event and 22nd place result in the giant slalom. Drechsel placed 34th in the giant slalom at the USCSA National Championships last week at Sun Valley, ID. In the classroom, Drechsel has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.94.

Athletes competing at the USCSA National Championships, with a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher are named to the USCSA Academic All-American Team.

Burke and Drechsel helped lead the Spartans to an 11th place finish out of the top-21 USCSA ski teams in the country at the 2011 USCSA National Championships this past week in Sun Valley, ID.

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