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Brenna Wins First Collegiate Ski Race; Lobos Move To 5th At Seawolf Invitational
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  01/10/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Jan. 10, 2009

ANCHORAGE, Alaska --- Freshman Petter Brenna made the most of his collegiate debut for the Lobos, winning the men's slalom race at the 2009 Seawolf Invitational at Alyeska Ski Resort. The win, along with eight top-10 finishes in four events, moved the University of New Mexico from seventh to fifth place with 358.5 points. The Seawolf Invitational is being held concurrently with the University of Alaska-Anchorage Invitational. The Lobos jumped from seventh to third place yesterday in the UAA Invitational. Both meets conclude on Sunday with the Seawolf Nordic freestyle race and the UAA women's giant slalom and men's slalom.

Brenna, who just joined the team after competing in Nor-Am Cup competition earlier in the week, beat out Colorado's Gabriel Rivas by 0.19 seconds for his first collegiate win in his first collegiate race. Freshman Nikolai Herlofson Finne and sophomore Thomas Schwab picked up the remaining points for the men's Alpine squad by finishing fifth and tied for 12th, respectively.

The women's Alpine squad dominated the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA) field on Saturday in the giant slalom. The Lobos placed three skiers in the top six to win the team standings and gain 80 points for the UNM team total. Sophomore Estelle Pecherand-Charmet placed third, followed immediately by freshman Jacqueline Hangl in fourth. Freshman Stefanie Demetz placed sixth. Senior Karin Ohlin was cleared by the medical staff to compete and recorded a collegiate career-best 14th-place finish in the event.

The men's Nordic squad picked up two collegiate career-best finishes among the top three Lobo finishers. Sophomore Simon Reissmann earned a career-best fourth-place finish in the men's 15-kilometer classical race. Freshman Christoffer Callesen placed 10th and sophomore Martin Kaas placed 12th, a career-best mark for the Oslo, Norway native.

In the women's 10-kilometer classical race, junior Polina Ermoshina placed fourth, followed by senior Melanie Zemp in 12th. Freshmen Ingrid Leask and Svenja Neimeier placed 26th and 29th, respectively.

Current Seawolf Invitational Standings - through six events
1. Utah - 412
2. Alaska-Anchorage - 405
3. Denver - 390.5
4. Colorado - 377.5
5. New Mexico - 358.5
6. Nevada - 288.5
7. Montana State - 247
8. Whitman - 136
9. Wyoming - 27

Seawolf Individual Results
Men's 15K Classical
4. Simon Reissmann - 42:57.8
10. Christoffer Callesen - 43:45.3
12. Martin Kaas - 43:48.1
17. Tor-Hakon Hellebostad - 44:33.8
33. Rick Grahn - 47:20.2
35. Casey Dyck - 48:06.4

Women's 10K Classical
4. Polina Ermoshina - 34:02.4
12. Melanie Zemp - 35:28.0
26. Ingrid Leask - 37:54.6
29. Svenja Niemeier - 38:39.5

Women's Giant Slalom
3. Estelle Pecherand-Charmet - 1:41.17
4. Jacqueline Hangl - 1:41.18
6. Stefanie Demetz - 1:41.60
14. Karin Ohlin - 1:43.52
28. Malin Hemmingsson - 1:48.19

Men's Slalom
1. Petter Brenna - 1:33.09
5. Nikolai Herlofson Finne - 1:33.76
t12. Thomas Schwab - 1:34.61
24. Olivier Lacaille - 1:36.75

Current UAA Invitational Standings - corrected through six events
1. Alaska-Anchorage - 420
2. Colorado - 410
3. New Mexico - 378
4. Denver - 358
5. Utah - 354
6. Montana State - 303
7. Nevada - 257
8. Whitman - 138
9. Wyoming - 47

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