FRANCONIA, N.H. – With the two giant slalom events completed at the 2017 NCAA Skiing Championships, the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves currently sit in eighth place among the best in collegiate competition on Wednesday at Cannon Mountain.
The Seawolves received 38 points from the men’s downhill team and seven from the women’s squad for a combined 45 points. UAA is just four points behind seventh-place Vermont (49), and two ahead of Middlebury College (43).
The Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association has the three top positions and six of the top 10. Leading the field is Montana State with 149 points after going 1-2 in the women’s giant slalom. Utah sits at runner-up with 136 points, while Denver is third at 133.
Collecting top-20 results for the Seawolves were freshman Dominic Unterberger, senior Hughston Norton and sophomore Tony Naciuk. In his NCAA debut, Unterberger led UAA with a 17th-place showing with a two-run time of two minutes, 16.68 seconds. Additionally, Norton (2:17.30) finished 18th in his third straight NCAA appearance, while Naciuk (2:17.89) placed 20th in his first NCAA championship.
Meanwhile in the women’s competition, the Seawolves’ lone finisher was senior Katerine Lamoureux. Lamoureux registered a 24th-place result with a NCAA-debut time of 2:26.54. UAA didn’t pick up any points from All-RMISA Second Team honoree Charley Field and sophomore Alix Wells, who failed to finish the first run.
Winning the women’s race was MSU’s Benedicte Lyche (2:17.58), while Colorado’s David Ketterer (2:13.51) claimed victory in the men’s race.
Day 2 of the 2017 NCAA Skiing Championships continues March 9 with the women’s 5k (10 a.m.) and men’s 10k classical (11:30 a.m.) races at Jackson Ski Touring Center.The Alpine skiers return to action March 10 for the slalom competition, then the Nordic skiers conclude the 64th annual NCAA Skiing Championships on March 11.
Live video is available at http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule.