Seawolves head to Vermont for NCAAs
What: NCAA Skiing Championships
When: March 6-9
Where: Middlebury, Vt.
Notes: The championships will kick off on Wednesday, March 6 with the men’s and women’s giant slalom at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl ... the slalom will be conducted on March 8 ... Nordic events will be held at Rikert Nordic Center with the men’s 10K and women’s 5K classical cross-country races on March 7 ... the women’s 15K and men’s 20K freestyle races will be held March 9 ... this year’s skiing championships will be webcast live on NCAA.com ... Middlebury College has also established an information central Web page for the event: http://www.middlebury.edu/athletics/sports/skiing/ncaa13.
NCAA PREVIEW: The Seawolves qualified a full team – 12 participants – to the NCAA Skiing Championships for the third time ... UAA also send a full team in 2012 and 2009 ... the Seawolves produced a program-best 4th-place finish in 2009 ... this is the sixth straight year that UAA has sent 10 or more participants ... in addition to UAA, six other schools qualified a full 12-member team ... overall, 74 men and 74 women will partake in Nationals ... head to Vermont on the Alpine side is Andreas Adde, Cedrick Gagnon and Niko Harmanen on the men’s side and Anna Berecz, Vanessa Berther and Kayla Hoog-Fry on the women’s side ... representing UAA on the cross country courses is Viktor Braennmark, Lukas Ebner and Lasse Moelgaard-Nielsen for the men and Marine Dusser, Karina Smith and Patricia Sprecher for the women ... this is the fourth straight appearance for Adde, third showing for Ebner and Kayla Hoog-Fry and second for Moelgaard-Nielsen, Berther and Harmanen.
AT THE NCAAS: UAA has produced nine individual NCAA champions, while claiming 29 top-10 team finishes since participating at its first National Championship meet in 1981 … from 1985-2006, UAA posted 22 consecutive top-10 finishes … the nine overall individual titles rank the Seawolves ninth all-time in the NCAA record books … of the nine titles, six are Nordic and three are Alpine … senior Andreas Adde won the most recent NCAA individual title, winning the slalom in 2010, while former assistant Nordic coach Mandy Kaempf earned UAA’s last individual title for a woman by sweeping the 5K classical and 15K freestyle races in 2005 … UAA’s highest team finish at NCAAs is fourth — accomplished in 2009 … prior to 2009, UAA’s highest finish was fifth — accomplished three times (93, 97, 98, 12) … the 1997 squad produced a program-best three individual champions, tying for the third-most titles in a year all-time … the Seawolves have sent athletes to Nationals every year since 1981.
RMISA CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP: The Seawolves concluded the RMISA/NCAA West Regional with a sixth-place team finish ... at the end of the three days, the Seawolves received eight top-15 showings with the highest placing going to Marine Dusser (4th) in the women’s 5K classical.
RMISA TEAM / INDIVIDUAL RESULTS: At the conclusion of the regular season, the Seawolves finished sixth in the team standings with 2,642 points, just seven points shy of fifth place Montana State (2,649) ... Colorado took the team title with 3,498 points, followed by second-place Denver (3,226.5) and third-place Utah (3,215) ... New Mexico was fourth with 2,984.5 points ... the UAA Nordic team led the way this season, combining for third place with 1,532 points, while the men’s Nordic team was also third at 777 points ... the Alpine team finished sixth with 1,080 points ... by gender, both the men’s and women’s teams were also sixth ... individually, freshman Marine Dusser led the Seawolves with a second-place finish in the RMISA MVP Points ... the Villard de Lans, France, native posted 381 points throughout the season, which included four runner-up finishes ... finishing 5th in the men’s Nordic standings was junior Lukas Ebner with 360 points ... on the Alpine side, senior Kayla Hoog-Fry led with a sixth-place standing at 375, while senior Andreas Adde was 13th at 300.
RMISA SKIER OF THE WEEK: Following her performances at the Utah Invitational, freshman Marine Dusser became the first and only Seawolf this year to garner RMISA Skier of the Week honors ... Dusser finished second in the classical and third in the freestyle at the invite on Feb. 6-9.