PARK CITY, Utah—Northern Michigan University Nordic Skiing junior Ian Torchia (Rochester, Minnesota) was nominated for the 2018-19 U.S. Cross Country Ski Team the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association announced on May 24.
A total of eight men were nominated to the team, with Torchia being placed on the D Team. Of the eight, he was the only current collegiate athlete to be nominated. It is the second time Torchia has received a nomination, also earning the honor in 2016.
Torchia became the seventh NCAA Champion in program history after taking the crown in the 20-kilometer freestyle race at the NCAA Championships with a time of 54 minutes, 21 seconds. He also earned All-America honors in the 10-kilometer classic event after finishing fifth. Torchia also took the individual crowns in the 20-kilometer freestyle at the NCAA Central Region Championships and the 10-kilometer classic at the Central Collegiate Ski Association Championships.
Representing the U.S. at the Under-23 Junior World Ski Championships, Torchia placed 27th in the skiathlon with a time of 1:24:20.60. In the 15-kilometer freestyle, he was the 32nd-fastest finisher with a time of 39:24.20.
A total of 11 former Wildcats have competed for the U.S. national team with the most recent being Caitlin Compton Gregg in 2010. The last male to compete with the team was Chris Cook in 2006.
The link to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association release can be found HERE.