ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – Hailey Swirbul and Hannah Rudd of Alaska Anchorage each finished on the podium of the junior women’s freestyle sprint at the US National Cross Country Ski Championships Friday.

Swirbul earned her second podium of the championships with a second place finish. She finished third in the RIMSA standings with a qualifying time of 3:25.72.

Hannah Rudd earned the final spot of the podium. She placed ninth in the RIMSA standings with a qualifying time of 3:35.94.

“I was really impressed with our women’s team skiing today,” said head Nordic coach Andrew Kastining. “We don’t normally focus on sprinting but with today being a RIMSA qualifier they were ready to send it. That was the best sprint Hailey has ever had. To take two of the three spots on the junior women’s podium says a lot about our women’s team and it’s future. I look forward to taking our momentum on the road to the Montana State Invitational next weekend.”

Casey Wright cracked the top-10 with a fifth place finish in the RIMSA standings with a qualifying time of 3:33.31.

Tracen Knopp led the men’s squad with a 14th place RIMSA finish (3:20.64). Knopp won his quarterfinal heat of the junior men’s race before finishing sixth in his semifinal heat.

The Seawolves will return to action in the distance classic races Sunday.