No. 1 Lobos Set To Defend Conference Title
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/24/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 24, 2010

  • NCAA West Regional/RMISA Championships/Laura Sharpe Flood - Colorado Invitational

    Up Next In UNM Skiing

    • 2010 NCAA West Regional/RMISA Championships ... The No. 1 New Mexico Lobos will be defending their 2009 regional/conference title this week in Steamboat Springs, Colo. at the 2010 NCAA West Regional/RMISA Championships ... This year's meet doubles as the 16th Annual University of Colorado/Laura Sharpe Flood Memorial Ski Invitational ... The eight-event meet from Feb. 26-27 also serves as a practice run for the 2010 NCAA National Championships set for Steamboat Springs, March 10-13 ... Both meets will feature slalom races at night ... The 2010 regular season champions will be announced at Thursday night's championship banquet.

    Friday, Feb. 26
    9/10:30 a.m. - Women's giant slalom, Mount Werner
    9 a.m. - Women's 5K classic, Howelsen Hill
    10:30 a.m. - Men's 10K classic, Howelsen Hill
    12:30/2 p.m. - Men's giant slalom, Mount Werner

    Saturday, Feb. 27
    9 a.m. - Men's 20K freestyle, Howelsen Hill
    10:30 a.m. - Women's 15K freestyle, Howelsen Hill
    6/8 p.m. - Men's slalom, Howelsen Hill
    7/9 p.m. - Women's slalom, Howelsen Hill

    • We're No. 1 ... SkiRacing.com Power Rankings are released on Mondays throughout the season ... On Jan. 25, New Mexico jumped ahead of Colorado for the No. 1 ranking.

    Preseason - No. 5
    Jan. 18 - No. 2
    Jan. 25 - No. 1
    Feb. 8 - No. 1

    • Overall Team Notes ... With three Alpine women's wins in the Nevada Invitational and the RMISA Slalom Qualifier, New Mexico has matched its school record of 16 race winners set in 1992. The 2009 squad recorded 15 individual wins, the most since the 1992 mark ... Seven 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), 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 No. 2-ranked Colorado (Montana State and Nevada) ... The Lobos are the defending RMISA champions and 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.

    • RMISA Qualifiers ... The RMISA qualifiers for Alpine have been inserted into the schedule to match the number of races conducted by the Eastern schools ... No team scoring for the qualifying races, but the Lobos performed well to improve their RMISA MVP Points standings ... Giant Slalom (Jan. 15) ... 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 (Feb. 21) ... Senior Malin Hemmingsson showed why she is the defending national champion in women's slalom with her ninth career Alpine win, and her third slalom win of the 2010 season ... Freshman Anne Cecilie Brusletto was right on her heels in second place.

    • Lobos Take Second at Nevada (Feb. 19-20) ... The Lobos battled through illness and injury to finish second at the Nevada Invitational ... Malin Hemmingsson, a senior from Ostersund, Sweden, earned her eighth career win in the women's slalom on Feb. 20, while freshman Anne Cecilie Brusletto won her second giant slalom race of the season ... For the men, Petter Brenna, Thomas Schwab, and Olivier Lacaille finished 2-3-4 in the giant slalom for an almost perfect team score in the event ... On the Nordic trails, senior Polina Ermoshina battled illness for a second-place women's classic finish, while junior Martin Kaas picked up a second-place in the men's freestyle.

    • There's No Place Like Home (Feb. 5-6); Lobos Win ... The Lobos made a strong showing at the 2010 Jade Enterprises/New Mexico Invitational in Red River and Taos, taking first place in the meet with 961 points, 160 points ahead of second-place Colorado ... The last time the Lobos won their home meet was in 2004, the same year they won the NCAA national championship ... Over two days, UNM won six of eight events and recorded 20 top-10 finishes ... Junior Martin Kaas won the men's classic and freestyle races bringing his season and career wins total to five ... Sophomore Petter Brenna won the men's giant slalom and slalom, taking over first place on the UNM career Alpine wins list ... Senior Polina Ermoshina earned just her second collegiate win in the women's classic at her final home meet ... Freshman Anne Cecilie Brusletto had a stellar Alpine weekend with a second-place finish in giant slalom and a win in the slalom ... The Nordic men pulled off an amazing 1-2-3-4 finish in the freestyle race on Feb. 6 ... Junior Thomas Schwab earned career finishes in the men's giant slalom (2nd) and slalom (3rd).

    • Utah Invitational, Part Deux (Jan. 22-23); Lobos Win ... The Nordic squad added to the Alpine lead over the two days of competition for the Lobos second team win in their last four meets ... Junior Martin Kaas picked up his second classic and third overall win of the season, becoming the first Lobo men's Nordic skier to win two classic races in a season and in a career. His win streak came to a momentary stop with a third-place finish in the freestyle race on Jan. 23 ... Despite battling illness during the week, the Lobos came up with eight more top-15 finishes to seal the win ... New Mexico held off NCAA defending champion Denver by 15 points for the team win. UNM scored 850 points overall, 467 (1st) in Alpine and 383 (3rd) in Nordic.

    • 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.

    • 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 were 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.

    • Men's Alpine Notes ... Sophomore Petter Brenna 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 seventhe win. The record moved to eighth with his slalom win at Taos on Feb. 6. 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 reigning RMISA Men's Alpine MVP, has recorded career-bests in 2010, a third in slalom and second in giant slalom at the UNM Invitational ... 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 ... 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.

    • 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... Freshman Pierre Niess joined the team during the first week of the Spring semester and came up with a 7th place classic and 8th place freestyle finish at Utah. His finishes improved at the UNM meet with a 2nd in classic and 3rd in freestyle.

    • 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.

    2010 RMISA Skiers of the Week
    Utah Invitational - Malin Hemmingsson (Women's Alpine), Petter Brenna (Men's Alpine)

    Montana State Invitational - Martin Kaas (Men's Nordic)

    New Mexico Invitational - Polina Ermoshina (Women's Nordic), Pierre Niess (Men's Nordic), Anne Cecilie Brusletto (Women's Alpine), Thomas Schwab (Men's Alpine)

    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
    Jan. 22 - Martin Kaas - Utah Men's Classic
    Feb. 5 - Polina Ermoshina - UNM Women's Classic; Martin Kaas - UNM Men's Classic; Petter Brenna - UNM Men's Giant Slalom
    Feb. 6 - Anne Cecilie Brusletto - UNM Women's Slalom; Martin Kaas - UNM Men's Freestyle; Petter Brenna - UNM Men's Slalom
    Feb. 19 - Anne Cecilie Brusletto - Nevada Women's Giant Slalom
    Feb. 20 - Malin Hemmingsson - Nevada Women's Slalom
    Feb. 21 - Malin Hemmingsson - RMISA Women's Slalom

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