ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska Anchorage men’s and women’s ski team concluded the regular season Sunday with the freestyle races at the UAA Invitational, finishing 6th against Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association members at Kincaid Park.
At the completion of all eight events – four Nordic, four Alpine – the Seawolves combined for 436 points – one point more than their total at the Seawolf Invite (435), which concluded on Feb. 8. The Seawolves’ Nordic team added 230 points to Alpine’s 206. Sweeping the meets in Alaska was Utah (661), while Denver (636) and Colorado (544) went second and third for the second straight time.
The final day of races saw temperatures drop below zero, forcing the start time to be moved back an hour. The men’s 20K race was first with UAA freshman Zackarias Toresson leading the Seawolves in 16th at 56 minutes, 59.3 seconds. Combined with freshman Pietro Mosconi’s (57:35.7) and sophomore Toomas Kollo’s (1:00:50.0) 19th and 26th placing, UAA added 47 points.
Meanwhile, in the women’s 15K race, the Seawolves were led by freshman Hailey Swirbul at 47:53.1, good for 10th. Sophomore Casey Wright (48:29.8) placed 12th, while freshman Hannah Rudd (49:42.5) took 16th. Together, the threesome added 56 points.
Winning the men’s race was Devner’s Moritz Madlener (52:39.2), while Utah’s Merete Myrseth (46:28.3) claimed the women’s race.
The teams will be off until the RMISA Championships – which also doubles as the NCAA West Region Championships – Feb. 24-26 in Colorado.