Jan. 20, 2010
Up Next In UNM Skiing
Up Next ... The Lobo Nordic squad will be competing in the final four events of the Utah Invitational. The men and women will hit the trails for the classic and freestyle events on Jan. 22-23 in Soldier Hollow, Utah. New Mexico is currently in first place with 467 points from the Alpine squad, collected Jan. 11-12 at Park City ... Ski Racing magazine has the Lobos ranked second in the nation behind Colorado.
World Cup Contender ... Freshman Alpine skier Anne Cecilie Brusletto will be competing at the World Cup in Cortina, Italy, this weekend. Brusletto was called by her home country of Norway to race in Sunday's giant slalom competition. World Cup competitors can qualify for the upcoming Olympics in Vancouver. Brusletto is believed to be the only Lobo to compete at the World Cup level while also competing for New Mexico.
Montana State Invitational (Jan. 15-17) ... The Lobos finished second in the team standings behind a strong Alpine performance, including wins by senior Malin Hemmingsson and sophomore Petter Brenna, and two Nordic wins by junior Martin Kaas ... New Mexico scored 835 points overall, 443 (1st) in Alpine and 395 (2nd) in Nordic ... The meet began with five Top-15 finishes in the men's and women's classic races. Kaas picked up his first win of the meet and the first of his UNM career ... UNM earned three wins and 10 top-15 finishes on Day Two with another win by Kaas in the freestyle and wins by Hemmingsson and Brenna in the giant slalom ... With eight top-15 finishes in the slalom races on Sunday, the Lobos kept their overall second-place finish and edged out Denver by 12 points in the Alpine competition.
RMISA Qualifiers ... The RMISA qualifiers for Alpine have been inserted into the schedule to match the number of races conducted by the Eastern schools ... Giant Slalom (Jan. 15) ... No team scoring for the qualifying races, but the Lobos performed well to improve their RMISA MVP Points standings ... Freshman Anne Cecilie Brusletto won her first race in a UNM uniform with a time of 1:49.65 ... Sophomore Stefanie Demetz placed sixth, senior Malin Hemmingsson placed ninth and freshman Kate Williams placed 14th for the women ... The men took 3-4-5 by sophomore Petter Brenna, junior Thomas Schwab and freshman Chriss Salbu ... Freshman Chris Acosta placed 12th and senior Olivier Lacaille finished 14th for the Lobos ... Slalom qualifier will take place on Feb. 21 in Nevada.
Utah Invitational, Part One (Jan. 11-12) ... The Alpine squad picked up where they left off at the 2009 NCAA Championships. The Lobos won the team Alpine title back in March in Bethel, Maine, led by now-senior Malin Hemmingsson's second national title in the three seasons ... The Lobos are currently in first place at the Utah Invitational with 467 points, 44 ahead of defending national champion Denver, after four of the eight events ... On Monday, Jan. 11, Hemmingsson and the rest of the Alpiners got 2010 off on the right foot with five top-6 finishes in the Utah giant slalom to take a quick team lead. Sophomore Stefanie Demetz, a 2009 All-American in GS, placed second, just ahead of Hemmingsson in fourth and newcomer Anne Cecilie Brusletto in sixth for the women. On the men's side, sophomore Petter Brenna picked up a third-place finish, while junior Thomas Schwab tied for fifth. Senior Olivier Lacaille picked up the remaining points for UNM in the GS at 17th place ... In the slalom competition on Tuesday, Jan. 12, in Park City, Hemmingsson earned her fourth career victory, while sophomore Jacqueline Hangl tied for fourth and newcomer Kate Williams tied for sixth. Williams, a freshman for the Lobos, was skiing on her home course. Brenna led the men with a fourth-place finish, followed quickly by freshman Chriss Salbu in fifth place. Lacaille picked up 10th place to give the Lobos six top-10 finishes in slalom.
New Scoring System in 2010 ... The Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association has changed its scoring format for the 2010 season to match the NCAA Championships format. The scoring system is based on a 50-point system as opposed to a 30-point system used over the last few years. The new system is top-loaded, so the top finishers earn more points for their team than in previous seasons.
Overall Team Notes ... The Lobos are the defending RMISA champions and placed third at the 2009 NCAA National Championships in Maine ... Three Lobos have received RMISA Skier of the Meet honors so far in 2010 - Malin Hemmingsson (Utah Women's Alpine), Petter Brenna (Utah Men's Alpine) and Martin Kaas (Montana State Men's Nordic) ... Once a skier earns the honor, they are no longer eligible for the rest of the season.
Men's Alpine Notes ... Sophomore Petter Brenna is just one win away from setting a new men's Alpine career wins mark after his GS win on Jan. 16 at the Montana State Invitational. Brenna tied the UNM record of six career wins held by former Lobo All-Americans Stefan Lanzier, Lars Loeseth and Tor Fodnesbergene. Brenna set the UNM record for men's Alpine wins in a season with five in 2009. Brenna currently leads the RMISA in Men's Alpine MVP Points with 230 ... Junior Thomas Schwab is in his first full season of training with the Lobos after fulfilling his Austrian Army duties over the past two years. Schwab, the reigning RMISA Men's Alpine MVP, is currently in third on the MVP Points list with 201 ... Senior Olivier Lacaille set a career mark with a 14th-place finish at the RMISA GS, just four days after tying a career mark with his 18th-place finish in the Utah GS on Jan. 11. Lacaille also set a career mark with his 6th-place slalom finish at Montana State ... Senior Gary Beresford made his first appearance on the slopes on Jan. 11 with a career-tying 25th-place finish in Utah GS, after a knee injury sidelined his 2009 season last January ... Freshman Chriss Salbu had a strong slalom debut on Jan. 12 with a 5th-place finish at Utah. Salbu followed up with a 5th-place GS finish at the RMISA qualifier three days later ... Freshman Chris Acosta got on the board in Montana with a season-best 12th-place GS finish at the RMISA qualifier and a 19th-place finish at the Montana State slalom.
Women's Alpine Notes ... Senior Malin Hemmingsson began defense of her 2009 NCAA women's slalom title with a win at the Utah Invitational on Jan 12, the sixth Alpine victory of her UNM career. Hemmingsson added a GS win on Jan. 16 at the Montana State Invitational, bumping her career Alpine wins to seven and staying in second place on the all-time UNM career Alpine wins list. Agneta Hjorth owns the record with 15 from 1992-95. Hemmingsson is ranked 4th in the RMISA MVP Points standings with 231 points ... Sophomore Stefanie Demetz made her first podium trip of the season on Jan. 11 with a career-tying second-place finish in the Utah GS ... Sophomore Jacqueline Hangl got her 2010 season off to a good start with fourth-place tie in the slalom at Utah ... Freshman Anne Cecilie Brusletto will be competing at the World Cup on Sunday for her native Norway. Earlier in the week, she picked up the first win of her college career in the RMISA GS qualifier ... Freshman Kate Williams used home-slope advantage to pick up two top-10 finishes at Utah, 10th in GS and tied for 6th in slalom. Williams added a 3rd-place finish in the slalom at Montana State ... Senior Estelle Pecherand-Charmet will miss the 2009-10 season with a knee injury suffered in December. Pecherand-Charmet was the 2009 NCAA national runner-up in giant slalom and slalom, finishing 1-2 with Hemmingsson in the slalom.
Men's Nordic Notes ... Junior Eivind Solberg kicked off his collegiate career with a 28th in classic and 29th in freestyle at Montana State ... Freshman Pierre Niess joined the team this week and will compete at Utah.
Women's Nordic Notes ... Senior Linn Klaesson will round out the team points' scoring in the 2010 season. Klaesson, after joining the team in January, picked up two top-15 finishes at Montana State. Leask earned two top-30 finishes, also at MSU.
2010 Individual Race Winners
Jan. 12 Malin Hemmingsson - Utah Women's Slalom
Jan. 15 Anne Cecilie Brusletto - RMISA Women's Giant Slalom; Martin Kaas - Montana State Men's Classic
Jan. 16 - Martin Kaas - Montana State Men's Freestyle; Malin Hemmingsson - Montana State Women's Giant Slalom; Petter Brenna - Montana State Men's Giant Slalom