STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO – For the second day in a row, Hailey Swirbul led the Alaska Anchorage ski team with a fourth place finish at the RMISA/NCAA Regional Championships Sunday.
Swirbul covered the 15-kilometer freestyle course in a time of 49:43.1, five seconds behind race winner Guro Jordheim of Utah.
Hailey skied an amazing and really exciting race with four women for most of the second half,” said head coach Andrew Kastning. “DU and UU charged off and had a 30-meter lead with 300 meters to, and Hailey worked with a woman from CU to catch them by the finish. It was close and she’s right where she needs to be for the championships. I’m looking forward to a short speed train block before we return to Steamboat.”
“Natalie had a solid result for her in skating, and Sadie has skied consistently all year to grab the final women’s spot. The field narrows now and anything can happen in the final race so we’re looking optimistically at what lies ahead,” said Kastning.
Toomas Kollo led the Seawolves in the men’s 20-kilometer freestyle with a 20th place finish (1:03:34.9).
In the women’s giant slalom, all three UAA skiers finished in the top-20.
UAA finished sixth of nine teams with 360.5 points.
Alaska Anchorage will compete in the NCAA National Championships in Steamboat Springs, Colorado March 7-10.