JACKSON, N.H. – The Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s ski team concluded the final day of competition at the 2017 NCAA Skiing Championships finishing 11th among 21 teams following the freestyle races at Jackson Ski Touring on Saturday.
In four straight days of competition, the Seawolves collected 125 points after eight completed events. The Seawolves best performance came in the men’s giant slalom race on Wednesday, where UAA furnished 38 points. Combined, the men’s team added 74 points and the women’s team contributed 51.
Winning the championship was Utah with 541.5 points – its first team titles since 2003. Colorado finished second at 525, while Denver (524) was third by one point. Dartmouth College finished fourth at 400, while Vermont rounded out the top five with 355. Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association members have won the team title 13 out of the last 15 years.
The Seawolves’ top performer on the final day of the championships came curtesy of freshman Hailey Swirbul. A local of El Jebel, Colo., Swirbul finished 17th in the 15K freestyle race with a time of 41 minutes, 46.9 seconds. Also scoring for UAA was sophomore Casey Wright (43:06.4) in 30th, while freshman Natalie Hynes (43:53.1) took 33rd.
In the men’s 20K race, sophomore Toomas Kollo led the Seawolves with a 32nd-place finish at 48:57.1, while freshmen Pietro Mosconi (50:03.5) and Zackarias Toresson (50:37.5) were 35th and 38th, respectively.
The Seawolves have sent a maximum 12 athletes to the NCAAs for the last six straight years and have finished in the top 15 since 1983. UAA’s best performance at the NCAAs came in 2009 when it took fourth. The Seawolves have nine NCAA individual titles and 146 All-America honors.