Lobo Alpine Women Take 3 of Top 5 Places at NCAA Qualifier
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/05/2009
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 5, 2009

WINTER PARK, Colo. --- The Lobo women's Alpine ski team put together a strong finish at the RMISA Giant Slalom Qualifier on Thursday in Winter Park, Colo., with three of the top-5 finishers.

Junior Estelle Pecherand-Charmet finished second, tying her best finish of the season in GS at the Colorado Invitational. Junior Malin Hemmingsson finished in fourth, followed by freshman Stefanie Demetz in fifth. For Hemmingsson, it was her best finish of the season in GS after struggling early in the season.

"The women's team skied well today," said Lobo Alpine coach Martin Kroisleitner. "Estelle and Stefanie were close to finishing 1-2. Malin did very well in her second run to finish up in the top 5."

For the Lobo men, freshman Nikolai Herlofson Finne placed second in the giant slalom qualifier, his fifth top-5 finish of the season in slalom and giant slalom. Sophomore Thomas Schwab finished 17th. Olivier Lacaille, a junior from Montreal, Quebec, recorded a career-best finish at 18th, right behind Schwab.

"Nikolai skied really well today," said Kroisleitner. "We expect to do better tomorrow in the DU giant slalom race with stronger performances by Thomas and Olivier, and the return of Petter Brenna."

Where's Petter? ... Freshman Petter Brenna will join the Lobo ski team on Friday for the University of Denver Invitational in Winter Park, Colo. Brenna spent the first part of the week in Nakiska, Alberta, Canada, racing in Nor-Am Cup competition. On Tuesday, the native of Norway finished third in the slalom, but was unable to finish his first slalom run on Wednesday. On Thursday, he placed eighth in the giant slalom.

DU Invitational Schedule ... Friday, Feb. 6 - Giant Slalom at Winter Park, 5K/10K Classical at Devil's Thumb; Saturday, Feb. 7 - Slalom at Winter Park, 10K/15K Freestyle at Devil's Thumb

Update on Ingrid ... Freshman Nordic skier Ingrid Leask is spending the week in France at the World Junior Cross Country Skiing Championships, competing for Great Britain. On Monday, Leask finished 64th in the Juniors 1.2-kilometer Sprint race. She finished 62nd in Wednesday's 10-kilometer Pursuit race and 70th in Thursday's 5-kilometer individual freestyle. Leask, from Buffalo, Minn., competes for Great Britain based on her father's citizenship.

RMISA Qualifier Results
Men's Giant Slalom
2. Nikolai Herlofson Finne - 1:46.96
17. Thomas Schwab - 1:49.21
18. Olivier Lacaille - 1:49.27

Women's Giant Slalom
2. Estelle Pecherand-Charmet - 1:57.03
4. Malin Hemmingsson - 1:57.38
5. Stefanie Demetz - 1:57.43
13. Jacqueline Hangl - 1:58.93
25. Karin Ohlin - 2:01.41