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Senior Laura Rombach led the UAA women's Nordic team with a 13th-place showing in the fresstyle race on Friday.
Courtesy: Curtis C. Snyder

Skiers 6th at RMISA Championships

Courtesy: UAA Sports Information
Release: 02/24/2012
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Bozeman, Mont. –The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves powered through Day 1 of the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association/Western Regional Championships with a sixth-place team standing following four events on Friday.

The Seawolves were without three of their top Nordic skiers, but top performances on the Alpine side gave UAA 336 points. No. 1-ranked Utah continue to dominate the league with 484 points, while Colorado, the NCAA defending champion, finished second with 422.5 points and host Montana State (375) rounded out the top three.

The Green & Gold was led by senior All-American Alex Parker in the women’s giant slalom. A local of Calgary, Alberta, Parker furnished a two-run time of one minute, 42.01 seconds, good for fourth place. Picking up points for UAA were rookie Vanessa Berther (14th, 1:43.12) and Anais Urbain (17th, 1:43.70).

Leading the men’s Alpine squad was freshman Niko Harmanen, from Saarenkyla, Finland. Harmanen finished with a season-best fifth place at 1:33.60.  Junior All-American Andreas Adde (1:33.60) also recorded a top-10 showing in 8th at Bridger Bowl, while sophomore Christopher Kollenborg (1:34.64) was 17th.

Winning the individual region crowns were Utah’s Tii-Maria Romar (1:41.14) on the women’s side and Ryan Wilson (1:32.98) on the men’s side.

On the Nordic courses at Bohart ranch, senior Laura Rombach paved the way in the women’s 5K freestyle with a 13th-place result at 15:25.6. Junior Karina Smith (16:22.2) was 24th and freshman Maya Radonich (16:58.4) was 27th.

Rookie Nevio Zeni produced UAA’s top finish in the men’s 10K freestyle race with a time of 27:33.1, good for 17th, while freshman Galen Johnston (27:59.8) was 22nd and sophomore Lasse Molgaard-Nielsen (28:22.5) was 24th.

Utah’s Maria Graefnings won the women’s race by over 30 seconds at 13:57.4, while Colorado’s Rune Oedegaard won the men’s at 25:30.6.

The Seawolves were without seniors Jaime Bronga (illness) and Steffi Hiemer (didn’t travel) and sophomore Lukas Ebner (wrist injury).

The final day of the championships will concluded tomorrow with the men’s and women’s slalom starting at 8 a.m. AST, the men’s 20K classic at 7 a.m. AST and the women’s 15K classic at 9 a.m. AST.
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