The University of Alaska Anchorage will kick-off the new year with the Nordic team competing at the US National Cross Country Skiing National Championships at Kincaid Park in Anchorage and the alpine team will compete at the Montana State University Invitational in Big Sky, Montana.
The Seawolves will compete in the freestyle races (10/15K) on January 3, and the classic races (20/30K) on January 7. UAA student-athletes may also compete in the freestyle sprints on January 5, and the classic sprint races on January 8.
The alpine team will compete at the Montana State Invitational with the slalom on January 6 and the giant slalom January 8 at Big Sky, Mont.
The Seawolves return 16 skiers from last year’s squad that finished 11th at the NCAA Championships. UAA has nine student-athletes on this year’s roster that have competed at the NCAA Championships.
Head coach Sparky Anderson returns for his seventh season leading the Seawolves. He has coached two national champions and 19 All-Americans. Joining Sparky for his seventh season is head Nordic coach Andrew Kastning, who has coached 10 All-Americans at UAA. Marine Dusser begins her first year as an assistant coach for Nordic, and Anna Berecz returns for her third season as a graduate assistant coach for alpine.
Alaska Nordic Cup Champions
UAA won the Alaska Nordic Cup for the fourth time in the history of the cup, a yearly battle between UAA and UAF that started in 2004-05. The winner was determined by combining the times of the top-three men and women from the classic race and the top-two relay teams. UAA (4:49.49) finished over six minutes ahead of UAF (4:56.10).
The Seawolves took the top-five spots in the women’s 7.5-kilometer classic race led by Hailey Swirbul who won in a time of 22:45. Toomas Kollo won the men’s 10-kilometer race in 29:03.
The alpine team will compete at the Utah Invitational January 11-13 and the Nordic team will compete at the Montana State Invitational Jan. 13-14.