INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – The NCAA released the selections for the 2018 NCAA National Skiing Championships and it includes 12 student-athletes from Alaska Anchorage. The skiing championships will take place in Steamboat Springs, Colo. March 7-10.
The 12 selections (six alpine, six Nordic) are the most allowed under NCAA guidelines. The Seawolves are no stranger to the national championships with nine of the 12 competitors having previously competed.
"I'm excited to be bringing a complete team of 12 deserving student-athletes," said head coach Sparky Anderson. "We'll take our shots where we can and see where we end up. We've certainly proven to be dangerous throughout the regular season. It's a tremendous field we're going up against, we'll need all 12 to be at their best next week. If that happens, I like our chances."
Senior Charley Field leads the team as she will be making her fourth appearance in alpine skiing at the championships. She won the giant slalom in the season-opener in Big Sky, Mont.
Junior Toomas Kollo will be making his third appearance in Nordic, the most among the men’s team. He has been the team’s top-finisher three times this season.
Sophomores Hailey Swirbul and Natalie Hynes will each be making their second appearance in Nordic skiing. Both skiers competed at the World Junior Championships earlier this season, Swirbul for the United States and Hynes for Canada. Swirbul earned a silver in the five-kilometer classic and a bronze in the 10-kilometer skiathlon.
Junior Zackarias Toresson will be making his second appearance in men’s Nordic. His highest finish this season was a 13th place showing in the classic race at Montana State.
Unterberger and Naciuk have each been the Seawolves top-finisher three times this season.
Wells has finished in the top-20 in eight of nine races this season.
Freshman Georgia Burgess will be making her first trip to the national championships after posting three top-10 finishes.
Deuling has been the Seawolves top finisher four times, and Fox has finished in the top-25 five times.
Alaska Anchorage has won nine NCAA individual national championships and 146 All-American awards.