UAA aims for record finish at NCAAs
WHO: Qualified individuals from the West, Central and East regions
WHAT: 2012 NCAA Skiing Championships
WHEN: March 7-10
WHERE: Big Sky, Mont. (Alpine) and Bozeman, Mont. (Nordic)
SCHEDULE: (All times Alaska)
March 7 – Women’s 5K Freestyle @ 7 a.m.
– Men’s 10K Freestyle @ 9 a.m.
March 8 – Women’s Giant Slalom @ 7:30 a.m. (event will be run to completion)
– Men’s Giant Slalom @ 11 a.m. (event will be run to completion)
March 9 – Men’s 20K Classical (mass start) @ 7 a.m.
– Women’s 15K Classical (mass start) @ 9 a.m.
March 10 – Women’s Slalom (first run) @ 7:30 a.m.
– Men’s Slalom (first run) @ 8:30 a.m.
– Women’s Slalom (second run) 9:45 a.m.
– Men’s Slalom (second run) 11 p.m.
MEDIA: Updates can be followed on UAA’s Facebook and Twitter sites ... a live webcast can be viewed at Ncaa.com/liveschedule ... for more information, surf to NCAA.com/championships/skiing/d1.
NOTES: The Seawolves qualified a full team – 12 participants – to the NCAA Skiing Championships for the first time since 2009 ... the Seawolves produced a program-best 4th-place finish in 2009 ... this is the fifth straight year that UAA has sent 10 or more participants ... UAA is one of 21 teams that qualified at least one skier to the meet ... in addition to UAA, four other schools qualified a full 12-member team (Colorado, Dartmouth, Utah and Vermont) ... overall, 74 men and women will partake in Nationals ... representing UAA on the slopes will be seniors Jaime Bronga, Steffi Hiemer, Alex Parker and Laura Rombach, junior Andreas Adde, sophomores Lukas Ebner and Lasse Molgaard-Nielsen and freshmen Sean Alexander, Vanessa Berther, Niko Harmanen, Anais Urbain and Nevio Zeni ... this will be the fourth straight NCAAs for Bronga, Parker and Rombach, while Adde and Hiemer will be making their third appearance, and Ebner will be competing for the second time.
AT THE NCAAS: UAA has produced nine individual NCAA champions, while claiming 28 top-10 team finishes since participating at its first National Championship meet in 1981 … from 1985-2006, UAA posted 22 consecutive top-10 finishes … the nine overall individual titles rank the Seawolves ninth all-time in the NCAA record books … of the nine titles, six are Nordic and three are Alpine … junior 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) … 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.
2011 NCAA SKIING CHAMPIONSHIPS: The Seawolves wrapped up the 58th annual NCAA Skiing Championships 7th in the final team standings, earning the program’s 28th all-time top-10 result and fourth straight at Nationals ... UAA combined for 488.5 points after eight events for its second straight 7th-place showing ... leading UAA was the women’s Nordic team, which posted a collective 148 points in the freestyle and classic races ... the men’s Nordic team added 122 points, while the women’s Alpine team contributed 120 and the men 98.5 ... throughout the three-day event, the Seawolves registered five All-America performances, including three podium finishes ... then-junior Jaime Bronga posted two All-America honors, while Alex Parker and Laura Rombach and Erik Bjornsen claimed one apiece.
SEAWOLF BITES: For the first time since the 2009 season, the Seawolves hosted races in Alaska, Feb. 4-11 ... the last time UAA hosted, it posted a program-best 1st-place team finish at the Seawolf Invite and third place at the Alaska Anchorage Invite ... after claiming the Alaska Nordic Cup for the first time since 2006, UAA has posted third-place team finishes at the Colorado Invite and Denver Invite, respectively ... in between 2009 and this season, UAA had only one other 3rd-place team finish, recorded at the New Mexico Invite in 2011 ... the Seawolves also finished fourth at the UAA Invite, Feb. 4-10.
SKIER NOTES: Individually, the trio of Jaime Bronga, Laura Rombach and Steffi Hiemer are producing a stellar senior campaign on the cross country courses ... Bronga, from Anchorage (East HS), has posted two individual RMISA wins and two runner-up performances ... Bronga has already been crowned the RMISA women’s Nordic MVP with 387 points ... the last Seawolf to claim a RMISA MVP award was senior Alex Parker (Alpine) at the conclusion of her freshman campaign in 2009 ... Rombach has three top-five showings, while Hiemer has registered two top-five finishes, helping the Seawolves to rallies in the team standings multiple times ... on the men’s side, sophomore Lukas Ebner leads the UAA Nordic team with 315 points in the RMISA MVP points, while junior Andreas Adde paces the men’s Alpine team with 301 points ... Parker finished 9th in the standings with 332 points to lead the UAA women’s Alpine squad.