Anderson adds three Nordic skiers
ANCHORAGE - Alaska Anchorage head coach Sparky Anderson announced Thursday the addition of three Nordic skiers to the 2013 roster. Joining the Seawolves are Marine Dusser, John Glen and Patricia Sprecher.
"With three graduating senior girls this year, I knew the gaps to fill would be large," said head Nordic coach Andrew Kastning, "But I'm confident that Marine and Patricia can do just that. I'm also excited to have a native skier in John to help strengthen our men's team and I look forward to seeing what he can do as a Seawolf."
Suiting up for the Green & Gold next season will be Dusser, a native of Villard de Lans, France. A member of the French National Biathlon team, Dusser qualified for the Junior Olympic Games, winning medals as an individual and in relays. A recipient of an associate degree in business from the University of Savoie, Dusser registered more than 30 podium results in biathlon races.
A local of Anchorage (Service HS), Glen helped the Cougars win the state title during his senior season, while finishing second individually in the classic and third in the freestyle. A the 2012 Cook Inlet Conference Ski Championships, Glen, a co-captain for Service, won the 10K freestyle race and anchored the winning 4x4-relay race. Overall, Glen finished second in the Skimeister standings - a list that combines results from both disciplines to formulate an inclusive ranking in the State of Alaska.
From Vaettis, Switzerland, Sprecher amassed 12 medals throughout her career at the Swiss Junior Championships. She also posted three victories at the Junior Swiss Cup and twice participated at the Junior World Championships. In 2009, Sprecher finished eighth at the European Youth Olympic Games.
The Seawolves are coming off of a successful season in 2012 after qualifying a full 12-member team to the NCAAs, before registering six All-American honors and finishing fifth overall.