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No. 2 Lobos Headed To NCAA Ski Nationals
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/04/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 4, 2010

  • 2010 NCAA Ski National Championships Notes

    2010 NCAA National Championships Schedule
    March 10 - Giant Slalom, Mount Werner - 9 a.m. - Women; 12:30 p.m. - Men
    March 11 - Classic, Howelson Hill - 9:30 a.m. - Women's 5K; 11:30 a.m. - Men's 10K
    March 12 - Slalom, Howelsen Hill - 5:15 p.m. - Men (second run at 8:15 p.m.); 6:30 p.m. - Women (second run at 9:15 p.m.)
    March 13 - Freestyle, Howelsen Hill - 10 a.m. - Men's 20K; 12 p.m. - Women's 15K

    • 2010 NCAA Nationals ... The No. 2 New Mexico Lobos have qualified 11 skiers for the NCAA National Championships, March 10-13 in Steamboat Springs, Colo. ... A total of 148 student-athletes will compete at nationals, including 75 from RMISA member schools ... Colorado, Denver, Utah and Dartmouth are the only schools to qualify a full-12 skier squad ... Alaska-Anchorage and New Mexico qualified 11, while Vermont qualified 10 ... The following Lobos will represent UNM at nationals: Nordic Men - Linn Klaesson; Alpine Men - Chris Acosta, Petter Brenna, Thomas Schwab; and Alpine Women - Anne Cecilie Brusletto, Malin Hemmingsson, Kate Williams ... The Lobos took 10 qualifiers to the 2009 NCAA National Championships and finished 3rd ... Senior Malin Hemmingsson will be defending her 2009 NCAA women's slalom title.

    • We're No. 2, for now ... SkiRacing.com Power Rankings are released on Mondays throughout the season ... After a second -place finish at Nevada and a third-place finish at the RMISA championships, the Lobos dropped a spot to No. 2 in the March 1 rankings ... On Jan. 25, New Mexico jumped ahead of Colorado for the No. 1 ranking ... Rankings were not conducted during the 2010 Winter Olympics.

    2010 SkiRacing.com Power Rankings
    Preseason - No. 5
    Jan. 18 - No. 2
    Jan. 25 - No. 1
    Feb. 8 - No. 1

    March 1 No. 2

    March 1 SkiRacing.com Power Rankings
    1. Colorado
    2. New Mexico
    3. Dartmouth
    4. Denver
    5. Vermont

    • Nine Lobos Earn All-RMISA; Brenna and Kaas Are MVPs ... Nine UNM skiers earned Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association all-conference honors on March 1, the fourth-largest group of league honorees in program history (12 - 1992; 10 - 1999, 2004) ... UNM had five first-team award winners - Malin Hemmingsson (women's Alpine), Anne Cecile Brusletto (women's Alpine), Polina Ermoshina (women's Nordic), Martin Kaas (men's Nordic), Petter Brenna (men's Alpine) and Thomas Schwab (men's Alpine) ... Kate Williams (women's Alpine), Pierre Niess (men's Nordic) and Simon Reissmann (men's Nordic) earned second-team honors ... It is the fourth consecutive season that Hemmingsson and Ermoshina have earned the honor ... Brenna was named the RMISA regular season Men's Alpine MVP for his performance in 2010, including four wins so far this year. The sophomore from Baerum, Norway topped the UNM career men's Alpine wins list during the season, passing former Lobo All-Americans Stefan Lanzier, Lars Loeseth and Tor Fodnesbergene ... Kaas was named RMISA regular season Men's Nordic MVP. The junior from Oslo, Norway started the season with five wins in six races, including three classic wins which set a UNM season and career record.

    • Lobos Win RMISA Regular Season Title ... New Mexico edged out Colorado 3,480 - 3,438.5 points for the overall RMISA team title, while the Lobo Alpine squads ran away with their regular season titles. The Lobos beat Colorado for the Alpine team, women's Alpine and men's team titles and beat Utah for the men's Alpine title.

    • Overall Team Notes ... With two Alpine wins at the NCAA West Regional/RMISA Championships/CU Invitational, New Mexico has set a team record for individual wins in a season with 18. The Lobos tied its school record of 16 race winners set in 1992 at the RMISA slalom qualifier on Feb. 21. The 2009 squad recorded 15 individual wins, the most since the 1992 mark ... Petter Brenna (men's slalom) and Anne Cecilie Brusletto (women's giant slalom) won NCAA West Regional/RMISA individual titles ... Seven Lobos have received RMISA Skier of the Meet honors in 2010 - Malin Hemmingsson (Utah Women's Alpine), Petter Brenna (Utah Men's Alpine), Martin Kaas (Montana State Men's Nordic), Pierre Niess (UNM Men's Nordic), Polina Ermoshina (UNM Women's Nordic), Thomas Schwab (UNM Men's Alpine) and Anne Cecilie Brusletto (UNM Women's Alpine) ... Once a skier earns the honor, they are no longer eligible for the rest of the season ... UNM has won two of the four regular season meets (Utah, New Mexico) and finished second in the other two to Colorado (Montana State and Nevada) ... The Lobos placed third at the 2009 NCAA National Championships in Maine.

    • In The Classroom ... Official Fall 2009 semester grades were released by the University on Feb. 18 and once again the Lobo ski team is among the top teams in the UNM Athletics Department ... The men's half of the ski team posted the highest team grade point average among the men's programs with a 3.70. The men matched their Spring 2009 GPA and have earned a 3.23 or higher for 21 consecutive semesters ... The women earned a 3.77 team GPA, just .02 behind the women's tennis team for the highest women's mark of the semester. The 3.77 is the third-highest overall by the team and 18th consecutive semester of 3.28 or higher ... The National Ski Coaches Association will announce their 2010 scholar-athletes after the NCAA championships and skiers are eligible for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America At-Large Teams in announced in June.

    • 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.

    • Men's Alpine Notes ... Sophomore Petter Brenna, the 2010 RMISA Men's Alpine MVP, owns the UNM men's Alpine career wins mark after his GS win on Feb. 5 at the UNM Invitational. Brenna moved ahead of former Lobo All-Americans Stefan Lanzier, Lars Loeseth and Tor Fodnesbergene with his seventh win. The record moved to eighth with his slalom win at Taos on Feb. 6. He now has nine wins with his RMISA Championships titles. Brenna set the UNM record for men's Alpine wins in a season with five in 2009. ... 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 2009 RMISA Men's Alpine MVP, has recorded career-bests in 2010, a third in slalom and second in giant slalom at the UNM Invitational ... Freshman Chris Acosta got on the board at Montana State with a then-season-best 12th-place GS finish at the RMISA qualifier. Acosta improved his SL mark with a sixth-place finish at UNM. At Nevada, his GS finish improved to 10th ... Senior Olivier Lacaille set a career mark with a 4th-place finish at the Nevada GS. 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.

    • 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 taking over sole possession of second place on the all-time UNM career Alpine wins list. Agneta Hjorth owns the record with 15 from 1992-95. She picked up back-to-back slalom wins on Feb. 20 (Nevada) and 21 (RMISA Q) to bump her UNM career wins total to 9 ... Freshman Anne Cecilie Brusletto competed at the World Cup on Jan. 23 for her native Norway. Brusletto is believed to be the only Lobo to compete at the World Cup level while also competing for New Mexico. On Jan. 15, she picked up the first win of her college career in the RMISA GS qualifier. Brusletto had an RMISA Skier of the Week performance in the UNM Invitational with a SL win and second in the GS. She earned the third win of her short UNM career on Feb. 19 in the Nevada giant slalom ... 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. Williams tied her season-best 3rd in SL at UNM and ranks 8th in the MVP Points standings ... Sophomore Jacqueline Hangl got her 2010 season off to a good start with fourth-place tie in the slalom at Utah. Hangl helped the cause at Nevada on Feb. 19 with a career-best 18th place GS finish ... 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 ... Sophomore Stefanie Demetz joins Pecherand-Charmet on the injured list. A knee injury training for the UNM meet sidelined her for the rest of the season. Demetz made her first podium trip of the season on Jan. 11 with a career-tying second-place finish in the Utah GS ... Pecherand-Charmet and Demetz were 2/3's of UNM's 2009 NCAA Women's Alpine championship with Hemmingsson.

    • Men's Nordic Notes ... Junior Eivind Solberg kicked off his collegiate career with a 28th in classic and 29th in freestyle at Montana State. He bettered his freestyle finish with a 26 at UNM.

    • 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, has picked up six top-15 finishes in eight races. Leask has earned four top-25 finishes, including two at UNM.

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