Feb. 19, 2009
MT. ROSE/RENO, Nev. --- University of New Mexico newcomers Petter Brenna and Estelle Pecherand-Charmet won the men's and women's slalom races today at the NCAA West Regional/Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Championships on Mt. Rose, near Reno, Nev. It is the third slalom win of the season for both racers. The wins put the Lobos in first place after the first two events of the meet with 151 overall points.
Brenna, a freshman from Baerum, Norway, became the fifth Lobo to win the men's slalom at the NCAA Regionals and the first since Tor Fodnesbergene won the race in 2006. Brenna did it with a combined time of 1:46.16. With the win, Brenna has the most slalom wins in a season for the Lobos, on the men's side, and is tied with Fodnesbergene and Lars Loseth for most Alpine wins in a season (4).
Pecherand-Charmet, a junior from Praz Sur Arly, France, is the fourth Lobo to win the women's slalom at NCAA Regionals, the first since Marte Dolva in 2001. Pecherand-Charmet won with a combined time of 2:04.15.
"This was a good day for us," said Alpine coach Martin Kroisleitner. "With all of the snow that fell earlier in the week, the snow was soft for today's races and made conditions difficult. But everyone battled through and Petter and Estelle were able to win their races."
The UNM women finished second in the event with 75 points, just behind Denver's 81. Senior Karin Ohlin and freshman Stefanie Demetz earned the remaining points for the Lobos in ninth and 10th place, respectively.
Competition continues on Friday, Feb. 20, with men's and women's giant slalom, women's 5K classic, and men's 10K classic races. Alpine events will be at Mt. Rose, while Nordic races will take place at the Auburn Ski Club in Truckee, Calif.
Current NCAA West Regional/RMISA Championships Team Standings
1. New Mexico - 151 points
2. Nevada - 141
3. Denver - 127
4. Colorado - 124
5. Utah - 106
6. Alaska-Anchorage - 91
7. Montana State - 84
8. Whitman - 61