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FACES IN THE CROWD

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RICARDO IZQUIERDO-BERNIER

• Cross-country Skiing

• Montreal

Izquierdo-Bernier, a senior at New Mexico, won the NCAA title in the Nordic 20K classic, finishing in 55:50.6 in Stowe, Vt. He came in fourth place in the 10K freestyle (24:49.3). He earned All-America in both disciplines and was named the male Nordic athlete of the year.

ANNA SHIELDS

• Track and Field

• Torrington, Conn.

Shields, a senior at Point Park in Pittsburgh, took two NAIA championships, winning the mile (4:37.73) and setting an NAIA record in the 1,000 meters (2:44:35). She was named NAIA Indoor Athlete of the Year for the third time. Shields, 27, has eight titles and 13 All-America honors.

MYLES SILVERMAN

• Snowboarding

• Brunswick, Maine

Silverman, a senior at Hobart and William Smith, defended his national titles in the giant slalom (1:49.06) and slalom (49.63) at the USCSA championships in Jackson Hole, Wyo. As a 13-year-old in 2010, he was named a finalist for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED KIDS SportsKid of the Year.

KASSI ABBOTT

• Hockey

• Medford, Mass.

Abbott, a senior at Plattsburgh (N.Y.) State, made 29 saves in a 4--0 win over Hamline for the Division III title. She finished her career with a D-III record .950 save percentage. The program leader in goals-against average (0.95), Abbott led the nation in shutouts (14) this year.

JACK KIDWELL

• Diving

• Wilmington, Del.

Jack, a senior at Conrad Schools of Science, won his fourth consecutive one-meter state title by 130 points; his score of 466.65 was just 6.16 off the 22-year-old state record. Jack, who finished second as an eighth-grader, is also an all-conference lacrosse attacker.

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