2014 skiing season recap
2014 RECAP: The Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s ski team concluded the 2014 season with their 34th all-time showing at the NCAA Championships, where they furnished five All-America honors and finished eighth as a team ... the Seawolves were led by seniors Lukas Ebner and Niko Harmanen with two All-America awards apiece ... Ebner was also named RMISA’s Nordic MVP and was a RMISA First-Team honoree ... picking up RMISA First-Team honors on the women’s side was Marine Dusser ... combined, the Seawolves furnished 33 individual top-10 performances this season and finished a season-high fourth at the Utah Invite in January.
SENIOR SENDOFF: The Seawolves will say goodbye to all three of their All-Americans – Marine Dusser, Lukas Ebner, and Niko Harmanen ... Ebner was voted by the team as the MVP, while Harmanen took home Most Inspirational ... additionally, Etienne Richard (Nordic) and Isabella Andreini (Alpine) were UAA’s Most Improved honorees.
AT THE NCAAS: UAA has produced nine individual NCAA champions, while claiming 31 top-10 team finishes since participating at its first National Championship meet in 1981 … from 1985-2006, UAA posted 22 consecutive top-10 finishes … of the nine titles, six are Nordic and three are Alpine … 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 MVP HONOR: The Seawolves’ senior Lukas Ebner was named the RMISA’s Men’s Nordic Most Valuable Player following his performances throughout the regular season ... Ebner, a local of Furtwangen, Germany, furnished 291 MVP points to defeat second-place Moritz Madlener of Denver (284) by seven points ... Ebner becomes just the second UAA men’s Nordic to garner the honor, joining Raphael Wunderle from 2008 ... combined, the Seawolves have six Seawolves with MVP status ... in the women’s Nordic standings, UAA sophomore Marine Dusser (295) finished a close second to DU’s Sylvia Nordskar (298).
SEAWOLF BITES: The Seawolves were led during the regular season by Lukas Ebner and Marine Dusser ... Ebner finished in the top five in eight of 10 races this season, including a first-place finish in the freestyle race at the Montana State Invitational and in the classical at the New Mexico Invite ... Dusser registered three individual titles; winning the classical race at the Utah Invite, the freestyle race at the Montana State Invite and the freestyle at New Mexico ... Dusser finished in the top three in eight of the 10 races ... the women’s Nordic team is leading UAA so far this season, posting a team-high 82 points in the freestyle race in Utah and 81 points in the classical event, while the men’s Nordic team posted 80 points in the classical at the New Mexico Invite.
ALL-ACAMDEIC: Eleven members of the UAA ski team were named to the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association Div. I All-Academic Team, announced on Feb. 26 ... leading the Seawolf pack with this third straight honor was senior Lukas Ebner ... the RMISA Nordic MVP, Ebner was a marketing and finance major ... collecting the honor for the second consecutive season were juniors Anna Berecz and Brandon Brewster ... meanwhile, eight Seawolves received the academic award for the first time – Isabella Andreini, Mackenzie Kanady, Katerine Lamoureux, Patricia Sprecher, Andrew Arnold, Niko Harmanen, Curtis McKillop and Etienne Richard.