The University of Alaska Anchorage Nordic ski team will compete in the Utah University Invitational Thursday and Friday (Jan. 18-19). The races will take place in West Yellowstone, Mont., the same site as last week’s races at the Montana State University Invite.
Senior Charley Field opened the 2018 season with her first career win. The Pemberton, B.C., native won the giant slalom at the NCAA alpine qualifier in Big Sky, Mont. She followed up with an eighth place finish in the giant slalom at the MSU Invite the following day. Field has finished in the top-20 in all five races this season for the Seawolves.
Alaska Anchorage will be sending three women to the World Junior Championships. Hailey Swirbul and Hannah Rudd will represent Team USA, while Natalie Hynes will represent Team Canada at the championships which will take place Jan. 30 to Feb. 8 in Kandersteg, Switzerland. Swirbul will be making her third trip to the championships while Hynes will be making her second appearance and Rudd her first.
Sophomore Hailey Swirbul has started the season on a terror. The El Jebel, Colorado, native finished on the podium in all three of the races she competed in at the US National Championships. She won the junior division of the 10-kilometer freestyle and followed up with second place finishes in the freestyle sprint and five-kilometer classic races. Swirbul collected her first career RMISA podium in the 10-kilometer freestyle at the Montana State University Invite.
Alaska Anchorage posted seven top-10 finishes Montana State University Invitational. Hailey Swirbul posted a pair of top-five finishes in Nordic (fourth classical, third freestyle), and Dominic Unterberger finished twice in the top-10 in alpine (ninth giant slalom, 10th slalom). The Seawolves enjoyed a pair of eighth place showings from Charley Field (giant slalom) and Natalie Hynes (classical). Georgia Burgess posted the highest finish of her career with a 10th place finish in the giant slalom.
Both the Nordic and alpine ski teams will compete at the New Mexico Invitational.