Ice carvers place second in overall points in national competition

January 30, 2018

ice carving team with coach

Our ice carving team placed second in total points last weekend in this year's U.S. National Collegiate Ice Carving Competition, missing a first-place finish by only 1.67 points. The annual event, held in Frankenmuth, Mich., has been one of the top snow sculpting events in North America for the past 26 years. (Pictured above in the bottom row, from left are Nicole Heilman, Crystal Constable and Hannah Hall. In the top row, from left, are Brandon Hartel and Team Coach Brad Smith.)

Brandon Hartel and Crystal Constable with ice sculpture Taking first place in the single block compulsory part of the competition was Crystal Constable, with Brandon Hartel placing third and Nicole Heilman placing fourth. Constable and Hartel, pictured at right, also placed first in the team competition. Overall, the UA team received three bronze medals and seven honorable mentions.

All participants representing UA at the competition are, or have been, students in the Department of Business and Information Technology's Hospitality Management program in the College of Applied Science and Technology.

At last year's event, the UA team placed third in the nation.