Feb. 16, 2009
Coming Up In UNM Skiing ... The Lobos have one last chance to get everyone qualified for the NCAA National Championships in March this weekend at the NCAA West Regional/RMISA Championships. The Alpine teams will compete on Feb. 19-20 at Mt. Rose in Reno, Nev., with the Nordic teams competing on Feb. 20-21 at Auburn Ski Club in Truckee, Calif. ... The 2009 RMISA champions and all-conference teams will be announced during the weekend's events ... New Mexico currently ranks 5th in the overall team standings, 1st in the Alpine team standings and 5th in the Nordic team standings ... NCAA National Championships are scheduled for March 11-14, hosted by Bates College in Bethel and Rumford, Maine.
This Week's Schedule ...
Thursday, Feb. 19 - 9 a.m. - Men's Slalom; 10:15 a.m. - Women's Slalom
Friday, Feb. 20 - 8:15 a.m. - Women's Giant Slalom; 10 a.m. - Women's 5K Classic; 11 a.m. - Men's 10K Classic; 12:15 p.m. - Men's Giant Slalom
Saturday, Feb. 21 - 9 a.m. - Men's 15K freestyle; 10:30 a.m. - Women's 10K freestyle
Overall Team Notes ... Stefanie Demetz and Polina Ermoshina became the fifth and sixth Lobos to earn 2009 RMISA Skier of the Meet honors. Both earned the award for their performances at the Denver Invitational ... Karin Ohlin earned Skier of the Meet honors for her performance at the Colorado/Laura Sharpe Flood Memorial Ski Invitational ... Simon Reissmann, Nikolai Herlofson Finne, and Estelle Pecherand-Charmet received RMISA Skier of the Week honors for the Seawolf and UAA Invitationals ... The Lobos have the most honorees among RMISA schools this season ... Ski Racing magazine posted a pre-season coaches poll that ranks the Lobos 6th overall and 4th among RMISA teams ... New Mexico has nine race winners this season, the most since 10 Lobos won races in 2006.
Men's Alpine Notes ... Freshman Petter Brenna picked up two more wins on Jan. 14 and 16 in the CU men's giant slalom and RMISA slalom qualifier at Eldora Ski Resort. With three wins so far this season, the freshman from Baerum, Norway, is tied for third on the UNM Alpine season wins list and halfway to the career record of six wins held by Stefan Lanzier, Lars Loeseth and Tor Fodnesbergene. Brenna made the most of his collegiate debut by winning the Seawolf men's slalom on Jan. 10 and placing second in the UAA slalom the next day. Earlier in the week he was earning FIS points, a giant slalom win, and three top-10 finishes in four races at the Nor-Am Cup in Sunday River, Maine, site of the 2009 NCAA Championships ... Freshman Nikolai Herlofson Finne finished right behind Brenna in the RMISA men's slalom qualifier on Jan. 16 in second place. In the CU slalom, Finne edged past Brenna for fourth place, a UNM career-best finish. The Asker, Norway native won the UAA men's giant slalom and placed 6th in the slalom to earn RMISA Skier of the Meet honors and go along with two additional top-10 finishes in the Seawolf slalom (5th) and giant slalom (9th) ... Sophomore Thomas Schwab tied his career-best finish with a 5th in the UAA giant slalom ... Junior Gary Beresford bettered his career-mark with a 25th-place finish in the UAA giant slalom. Beresford will miss the rest of the 2009 season with an injury ... Junior Olivier Lacaille picked up his first top-20 finish of the season with a 15th-place finish in the CU slalom. Lacaille earned his career-best giant slalom finish in 18th place at the RMISA Qualifier.
Women's Alpine Notes ... Junior Estelle Pecherand-Charmet continued her string of Top-3 finishes in giant slalom with a 2nd and 3rd at the RMISA Qualifier and DU Invitational. She earned her second win of the season in the RMISA women's slalom qualifer onf Jan. 16. Earlier in the week, the native of Praz Sur Aly, France, placed second in the CU giant slalom. Pecherand-Charmet won the UAA women's slalom and took 3rd in the giant slalom to earn RMISA Skier of the Meet ... Senior Karin Ohlin set a career-best 10th finish in the CU giant slalom, replacing her 11th finish in the UAA giant slalom the previous week. Ohlin earned RMISA Skier of the Meet honors for the CU meet with her career giant slalom mark and 4th-place finish in slalom ... Freshman Jacqueline Hangl recorded top-4 finishes in the Seawolf giant slalom (4th) and UAA slalom (3rd) ... Freshman Stefanie Demetz earned RMISA Skier of the Meet honors for her 2nd place finish in giant slalom and 9th place finish in slalom at the DU Invitational. The native of Italy did well in her debut as well with top-6 finishes in the Seawolf (6th) and UAA (4th) giant slalom. Demetz tied her career-best 4th place finish in the CU giant slalom ... Junior Malin Hemmingsson is finding her way back. Hemmingsson won the DU slalom, her first win since taking the NCAA title in 2007. The two-year All-American placed 5th in the CU slalom, her third top-10 finish of the season ... Freshman Sofie Hjorth will apply for a medical hardship after tearing an ACL during preseason training.
Men's Nordic Notes ... Simon Reissmann earned his second collegiate win in freestyle at the Denver Invitational. He posted his first career collegiate win in the Seawolf men's 15K freestyle race on Jan. 11. The sophomore from Germany posted four top-10 finishes in the Seawolf and UAA Invitationals with a 1st and 2nd in both freestyle races, along with a career-best 4th (Seawolf) and 10th in classical races. His Seawolf combination of finishes earned him RMISA Skier of the Meet ... Sophomore Martin Kaas keeps getting better with each meet in 2009. After having a career-meet in the UAA with 11th-place finishes in the classical and freestyle, Kaas bettered both marks in the CU Invitational with a 7th-place finish in classical and 10th in freestyle ... Junior Tor-Hakon Hellebostad set a career-best in the CU freestyle with a 2nd-place finish, just one week after setting the mark with a 10th-place finish in the Seawolf freestyle ... Senior Rick Grahn set a career-mark with a 20th-place finish in the UAA freestyle ... Freshman Christoffer Callesen was the top finisher for the Lobos in the UAA men's classical in 7th place ... Senior Casey Dyck picked up two top-30 finishes at the CU Invitational ... Freshman Peter Landl earned his first top-30 finish of the season in the CU classical.
Women's Nordic Notes ... Junior Polina Ermoshina earned RMISA Skier of the Meet honors for her career-tying finishes at the Denver Invitational. The Moscow, Russia native tied her classic finish in second and her freestyle finish in 6th. Earlier in the season, she tied her career-mark in the classical with a 2nd-place finish in the UAA race. In the CU classical, Ermoshina was in 2nd place before she fell and dropped down to a 9th-place finish ... Senior Melanie Zemp has recorded seven top-20 finishes in eight races this season ... Freshmen Ingrid Leask and Svenja Niemeier picked up top-30 finishes in the CU Invitational in classical and freestyle ... Leask missed the Denver Invitational to compete at the World Juniors Cross Country Ski Championships in France.
2009 RMISA Skiers of the Meet
Seawolf Invitational - Simon Reissmann (Men's Nordic)
UAA Invitational - Nikolai Herlofson Finne (Men's Alpine); Estelle Pecherand-Charmet (Women's Alpine)
Colorado Invitational - Karin Ohlin (Women's Alpine)
Denver Invitational- Polina Ermoshina (Women's Nordic); Stefanie Demetz (Women's Alpine)
2009 Individual Race Winners
Jan. 9 - Estelle Pecherand-Charmet - UAA Women's Slalom; Nikolai Herlofson Finne - UAA Men's Giant Slalom
Jan. 10 - Petter Brenna - Seawolf Men's Slalom
Jan. 11 - Simon Reissmann - Seawolf Men's 15K Freestyle
Jan. 14 - Petter Brenna - Colorado Men's Giant Slalom
Jan. 16 - Estelle Pecherand-Charmet - RMISA Qualifier Women's Slalom; Petter Brenna - RMISA Qualifier Men's Slalom
Feb. 7 - Malin Hemmingsson - Denver Women's Slalom; Simon Reissmann - Denver Men's 15K Freestyle