GOMS, SWITZERLAND – University of Alaska Anchorage Nordic skier Hailey Swirbul posted the biggest podium of her career finishing second in the five-kilometer classic race at the World Junior Championships Tuesday.

Swirbul covered the course in 14:13.1, 15 seconds behind race winner Polina Nekrasova of Russia.

Swirbul’s silver medal is the best finish by an American at World Juniors since Jessie Diggins earned silver in the freestyle sprint in 2014. Last year Swirbul earned a bronze medal in the relay at last year’s World Championships.

"Today's result is surreal for me," said Hailey Swirbul. "My goal for this week was to earn a top-10 finish, and a second place was more than I could have imagined! The course played to my strengths. There was a lot of striding and less double poling than the courses we typically find in the US, which I was happy to find! The wax techs gave me amazing skis today... gliding and kicking very well."

UAA had two other skiers compete. Natalie Hynes, who is representing Canada, finished 36th (15:29.2) and Hannah Rudd was 59th (16:22.8).

Rudd also competed in the freestyle sprint races finishing 35th (3:21.79) on Sunday.

The World Nordic Skiing Championships continue through Feb. 3rd.