ON TAP: The Alaska Anchorage Seawolves return to action when they take on Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association members at the New Mexico Invitational (Feb. 1-2, 9-10) and the Utah Invitational (Feb. 6-9).
MEET DETAILS What: New Mexico Invitational When: Feb. 1-2, 9-10 Where: Red River, N.M. (Alpine & Nordic) Notes: Nordic events will kick things off in the New Mexico Invite at the Enchanted Forest Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Area with the 5/5K classical races on Friday, followed by the 10/10K freestyle events on Saturday ... the Alpine portion of the New Mexico Invite will consist of slalom races at the Red River Ski Area on Saturday, Feb. 9 and Sunday, Feb. 10.
What: Utah Invitational When: Feb. 6-9 Where: Loveland, Colo. (Alpine) & Soldier Hollow, Utah (Nordic) Notes: The Utah Invitational starts with Alpine races in Loveland, Colo. ... the giant slalom will be on Wednesday, Feb. 6 and the slalom will take place on Thursday, Feb. 7 ... the Nordic competition will be held at the Soldier Hollow Resort in Midway, Utah, starting with the 5/10K classical race on Friday, Feb. 8 and the 15/20K freestyle event on Saturday, Feb. 9.
RMISA MVP STANDINGS: Currently, junior Lukas Ebner sits second in the RMISA MVP points with 192 ... Ebner trails Colorado’s Rune Oedegaard (198) ... freshman Marine Dusser is also in second on the women’s side with 191, trailing CU’s Joanne Reid (199) ... on the Alpine side, senior Kayla Hoog-Fry is third with 233 points.
COLORADO / DENVER INVITE RECAP: The UAA ski team came away with two fifth-place team finishes at the annual Spencer James Nelson Memorial Colorado Invitational and Denver Invitational in January ... the meets were highlighted by junior Lukas Ebner, who won the men’s freestyle race at the Denver Invite, while placing fourth in the classical ... Ebner was also third in the freestyle and fourth in the classic at Colorado ... Seawolf newcomer Marine Dusser led the women’s Nordic squad with a second-place showing in the freestyle and fifth in the classic at Denver and second and fourth in Colorado.
INJURY UPDATE: The Seawolves’ men’s Alpine team will be without seniors Cameron Brewington (torn ACL) and Christopher Kollenborg (MCL rupture, tibia bone contusion) for the rest of the season after they both suffered injuries in late January ... UAA will also redshirt Sean Alexander after he injured his hand in the preseason.
2013 SEASON PREVIEW: Following a successful campaign in 2012, the Seawolves return in 2013 with a tough road schedule ahead of them and the loss of key skiers from a year ago, but those obstacles won’t distract them from their goals; to qualify a full team and peak at the National meet in Middlebury, VT, come March … UAA, which posted its second-best team result at the NCAAs a year ago, lost four-time All-American and last year’s Nordic MVP Jaime Bronga, as well as five-time All-American Alpine skier Alex Parker … To fill their shoes, head coach Sparky Anderson – in his second year as head coach and seventh overall – will look to veterans Kayla Hoog-Fry, Ida Bjerka and Karina Smith to step up on the women’s side ... The men’s team, which wasn’t as depleted by graduation, returns All-Americans Andreas Adde and Sean Alexander on the Alpine side, while Lukas Ebner and Lasse Molgaard-Nielsen return for their junior campaign on the cross country trails ... In addition to the returners, the Seawolves have added seven newcomers – three men, four women – to help fill in the gaps ... Expecting to make an impact on the Nordic side is Viktor Brannmark and John Glen for the men and Marine Dusser and Patricia Sprecher for the women … On the Alpine side, the Seawolves’ lone recruit was Cedrik Gagnon, who is expected to come on strong for UAA after a successful fall.
2012 SEASON RECAP: The Seawolves concluded the 2012 slate after qualifying a full team – 12 participants – to the NCAA Skiing Championships for the first time since 2009 ... the Seawolves posted the second-best team standing, finishing fifth with 519 points ... throughout the four days, UAA received six All-America honors, including two by junior Andreas Adde ... during the regular season, UAA posted two third-place finishes, while claiming the Alaska Nordic Cup for the first time since 2006 ... individually, senior Jaime Bronga led UAA with five podium finishes, earning the Anchorage native the RMISA women’s Nordic MVP.
2012 NCAA SKIING CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Seawolves made their 32nd straight NCAA appearance in 2012, finishing fifth for the fourth time in program history ... UAA combined for 519 points with a complete team of 12 competing ... the Seawolves were in 7th place following Day 3, before the men’s Alpine team used a team-high 93 points in the slalom to catapult UAA into 5th ... the Seawolves received two All-America finishes by junior Andreas Adde, who finished 6th in the giant slalom and 9th in the slalom ... also collecting an All-America honor on the men’s team was freshman Sean Alexander with a 8th-place finish in the slalom ... on the women’s side senior Jaime Bronga posted an team-high 5th-place finish in the freestyle race, while senior Alex Parker and freshman Vanessa Berther finished 8th in the slalom and giant slalom, respectively.