THIS WEEK: Alaska Anchorage will head to Montana for the final portion of the 2012 skiing slate with a RMISA Alpine Qualifier on Feb. 22-23, before competing in the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association / NCAA West Regional Championships on Feb. 24-25.
WHO: Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association members
WHAT: RMISA Alpine Qualifier, RMISA / NCAA Western Regional Championships
WHEN: Feb. 22-25
WHERE: Big Sky, Mont. (Alpine) and Bozeman, Mont. (Nordic)
MEDIA: Updates can be followed on UAA’s Facebook and Twitter sites ... live results are available for the Alpine races at Live-Timing.com.
NOTES: The Seawolves will look to qualify a full team – 12 participants – to the NCAA Skiing Championships in March with the RMISA/Western Regional Championships this weekend ... at last year’s conference championship, the Seawolves finished fifth with 747 points, just two points shy of fourth-place Denver (749) ... currently, the Seawolves are fourth in the RMISA regular season team standings with 2,912 points, trailing third-place DU (3,074) ... the UAA women’s Nordic team leads the RMISA with 902 points over second-place Utah (839). See complete RMISA standings on pages 4 and 5.
Qualifier – Men at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.; women at 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Slalom Qualifier – Women at 10 a.m. to completion; men at 1 p.m. to completion
West Regional/RMISA Championship – Giant Slalom – women at 10 a.m. to
completion; men at 1 p.m. to completion
West Regional/RMISA Championship – Nordic Freestyle – Women’s 5K at 9:30 a.m.;
Men’s 10K at 11 a.m.
West Regional/RMISA Championship – Slalom – Men at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Women
at 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.
West Regional/RMISA Championship – Nordic Classic – Men’s 20K Mass Start 9
a.m.; Women’s 15K Mass Start, 11 a.m.
UP NEXT: Qualified individuals will return to Big Sky and Bozeman, Mont., for the 2012 NCAA Skiing Championships on March 7-10.
SEAWOLF BITES: For the first time since the 2009 season, the Seawolves hosted races in Alaska, Feb. 4-11 ... the last time UAA hosted, it posted a program-best 1st-place team finish at the Seawolf Invite and third place at the Alaska Anchorage Invite ... after claiming the Alaska Nordic Cup for the first time since 2006, UAA has posted third-place team finishes at the Colorado Invite and Denver Invite, respectively ... in between 2009 and this season, UAA had only one other 3rd-place team finish, recorded at the New Mexico Invite in 2011 ... the Seawolves also finished fourth at the UAA Invite, Feb. 4-10.
SKIER NOTES: Individually, the trio of Jaime Bronga, Laura Rombach and Steffi Hiemer are producing a stellar senior campaign on the cross country courses ... Bronga, from Anchorage, has posted two individual RMISA wins and two runner-up performances without finishing lower than fourth all season ... Bronga has already been crowned the RMISA women’s Nordic MVP with 387 points ... the last Seawolf to claim a RMISA MVP award was senior Alex Parker (Alpine) at the conclusion of her freshman campaign in 2009 ... Rombach has three top-five showings, while Hiemer has registered two top-five finishes, helping the Seawolves to rallies in the team standings multiple times ... on the men’s side, sophomore Lukas Ebner leads the UAA Nordic team with 315 points in the RMISA MVP points, while junior Andreas Adde paces the men’s Alpine team with 301 points ... Parker is 9th in the standings with 332 points to lead the UAA women’s Alpine squad.
ALASKA ANCHORAGE INVITE RECAP: The Seawolves finished 4th at the UAA Invite with 718 points ... the women’s Nordic team paced UAA, furnishing a combined 212 points in the classical and freestyle races ... the Seawolves were led by senior Jaime Bronga (Anchorage) in both races, finishing fourth in each ... the senior tandem of Steffi Hiemer and Laura Rombach helped Bronga, finishing no less than 9th in both races ... the lone male to post a top-10 finish was junior All-American Andreas Adde in the giant slalom, while rookie Anais Urbain and Vanessa Berther were each in the top-10 in the GS.
SEAWOLF INVITE RECAP: The Seawolves concluded their hosting duties with a fifth-place finish at the Seawolf Invitational, which was held Feb. 9-11 ... UAA posted 693 points, three points ahead of sixth-place Montana State (690) ... leading UAA was the women’s Nordic team in the classical race with 110 points ... even without UAA’s third racer, senior Steffi Hiemer, the Seawolves won the classical with a runner-up finish by senior Jaime Bronga and a fourth-place finish by senior Laura Rombach ... posting a team-high 115 points at the invite was the women’s Alpine squad in the giant slalom ... freshman Anais Urbain earned her first podium finish in second, while senior All-American Alex Parker was 7th and freshman Vanessa Berther was 9th ... sophomore Lukas Ebner added two 9th-place finishes as well.