Lobo All-Americans Earn Team Honors At Annual Banquet
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  03/31/2010
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

March 31, 2010

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico ski team announced its annual team awards at the annual honors banquet last night at the Sheraton Uptown, along with the announcement of the 2010 Wells Fargo Corporate Cup season awards.

Head coach Fredrik Landstedt introduced the NCAA third-place Lobos and announced the 2010 Team Most Valuable Players - Petter Brenna (men's Alpine), Polina Ermoshina (women's Nordic), Malin Hemmingsson (women's Alpine) and Martin Kaas (men's Nordic). All four honorees are repeats from 2009. Ermoshina and Hemmingsson, two of the most decorated women's skiers in Lobo history, have earned the MVP honor four years in a row. Only former Lobos Jill Wahlqvist (women's Alpine, 1980-83) and Lars Loseth (men's Alpine, 2004-07) earned MVP honors all four years.

Hemmingsson, a senior from Sweden, won her third NCAA women's slalom title in 2010, becoming just the second woman in NCAA ski history to win three NCAA slalom titles (Vermont's Gabriella Hamberg, late-1980s). With the win, Hemmingsson earned the fifth All-America honor of her career after earning her fourth earlier in the week with a fourth-place finish in giant slalom. Hemmingsson ended up with 10 career wins at UNM, including the three national titles in women's slalom. Hemmingsson also placed third in the giant slalom at U.S. Nationals in Lake Placid, N.Y. following the NCAAs.

Ermoshina, a senior from Russia, also joined an elite group of Lobo skiers by tying Lars Loseth (men's Alpine, 2004-07) and Kristina Strandberg (women's Nordic, 2000-03) with seven All-America finishes at the NCAA national championships over eight races. Ermoshina earned her fourth classic All-America honor with a sixth-place finish and followed up with a sixth-place finish for her third freestyle award.

Brenna, a sophomore from Norway, became the all-time individual race winner in UNM men's Alpine with four wins on the season. His career total is nine wins, passing former Lobo All-Americans Stefan Lanzier (1997-99), Lars Loseth (2004-07) and Tor Fodnesbergene (2006-08). Brenna earned his second All-America honor with a fourth-place finish in the 2010 NCAA men's slalom.

Kaas, a junior from Norway, took over the men's Nordic classical wins titles with three wins to start the 2010 season. Kaas finished the year with five overall Nordic wins, tying Jimmy Vika for most wins in a season and in a career. For the second year in a row, Kaas earned two All-America finishes at the NCAA National Championships. Kaas finished fifth in classic and took a podium spot in freestyle as the national runner-up.

The Lobos had a spectacular season in 2010 that included a nation-leading 13 All-America performances and a school record 19 individual race winners.

Also announced at the banquet were the inaugural Freshmen MVP awards. Two-time All-American Anne Cecilie Brusletto won the women's award, while men's classic All-American Pierre Niess took the men's award.

Former Lobo Richard Abruzzo (1983-87) presented the 2010 Pat and Ben Abruzzo Scholarships to Thomas Schwab and Kate Williams.

Five Lobos were presented with graduation cords from the UNM Lettermen's Association. Casey Dyck and Olivier Lacaille, along with Ermoshina, Hemmingsson and Schwab received the cords from UNM Lettermen's Association board member Ryan Garcia.