Each week, DartmouthSports.com will spotlight two outstanding student-athletes - one male, one female - as the Cross High Performance Athletes of the Week. Student-athletes may be chosen based upon their efforts both on and off the field of competition. Seniors Nils Koons and Rosie Brennan saved their best skiing for the end of the season, leading the Big Green to a third place finish in the NCAA Championship.
Nils Koons, Sr., Nordic Skiing (Sidney, Maine)
Koons saved some of his best skiing for the NCAA Championships in Stowe, Vt., last week, earning All-America honors in both the 10K freestyle and the 20K classic. He opened the championships by placing fourth in the 10K with a time of 26:15.1, less than 10 seconds off the winning time, to garner first-team All-America honors -- as did his two teammates in the race. In the 20K race two days later, he was the top Big Green finisher in seventh place in 1:06:04.4, securing a spot on the second team. His two finishes gave the Big Green 76 points, the most amassed by any Dartmouth skier at the championships.
Rosie Brennan, Sr., Nordic Skiing (Park City, Utah)
Having earned All-America honors in both races in each of her first three years at Dartmouth, Brennan was striving to become continue her streak. The championships began well as she placed fifth in the women's 5K freestyle on the first day of competition with a time of 14:37.9. Like the men, Dartmouth had all three competitors finish in the top 10. In the 15K classic, however, Brennan found herself outside the top 10 halfway through the race. Yet she was able to push herself into seventh by the time she crossed the finish line to accomplish her goal of becoming a rare eight-time All-American in skiing. In so doing, Brennan also totaled 74 points to the Dartmouth cause as the Big Green finished third, their best showing at the NCAA Championships since winning the title in 2007.