Adde, Berther capture All-America status
BIG SKY, Mont. – Alaska Anchorage received two more All-America honors Thursday with top 10 finishes by junior Andreas Adde and freshman Vanessa Berther in the men’s and women’s giant slalom, respectively, in Day 2 of the 59th annual NCAA Skiing Championships.
The Seawolves, making their 32nd straight NCAA appearance, moved into fifth place in the team standings with 271 points. Vermont leads with 396 points, followed by second-place Utah at 372 and third-place Colorado at 359. Dartmouth leads UAA by 26 points at 297, good for fourth at the halfway point.
Adde, a local of Osteras, Norway, earned his third career All-America award with a sixth-place result in the men’s giant slalom. After posting the 10th-best first-run, Adde came back in the second run for a combined time of one minute, 33.40 seconds. The 2010 NCAA Slalom Champion, Adde also received All-America honors in the giant slalom in 2010.
Competing at Nationals for the first time were freshmen Niko Harmanen and Sean Alexander, finishing 15th and 24th, respectively. Harmanen, from Saarenkyla, Finland, used the sixth-fastest first run of the day at 46.83 for a total time 1:33.86, while Alexander posted a time of 1:34.55.
Berther made her NCAA debut in the giant slalom at Bridger Bowl, adding All-America honors to her list of accomplishments. A local of Bellevue, Wash., Berther led the Seawolves with an eighth-place showing, completing the two-run course in a time of 1:43.17. Berther also furnished the eighth-fastest second-run of the day at 49.97.
Berther’s classmate, Anais Urbain, was UAA’s second-fastest skier down the slope, finishing 15th at 1:43.70. Urbain, from Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France, recorded the seventh-fastest first-run of 52.84 in her first NCAA appearance.
A local of Calgary, Alberta, and no stranger to the NCAAs, senior Alex Parker finished in 17th place with a time of 1:43.93. Competing in her fourth National event, Parker has a UAA Alpine-high four All-American awards to her name.
Winning the individual titles were Colorado’s Adam Zika at 1:31.80 with the fastest time in both men’s runs, while Harvard’s Rebecca Nadler took the women’s crown at 1:41.83. Combined, 13 RMISA individuals (seven men, six women) finished in the top 10 for All-America honors.
Senior Jaime Bronga received UAA’s first All-America finish of the season with a fifth-place showing in the women’s freestyle race on Wednesday.
The UAA Nordic team will return to action with the men’s and women’s classical races tomorrow at Bohart Ranch. The men’s 20K classic (mass start) is scheduled to commence at 7 a.m. AST, followed by the women’s 15K classic (mass start) at 9 a.m. AST. Both races can be viewed live at NCAA.com.