Lobo Ski Team Headed To NCAA West Regional/RMISA Championship
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics  
Release:  02/21/2012
Courtesy: New Mexico Athletics

Feb. 21, 2012

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Up Next In UNM Skiing

• Up Next ... The Lobos will be competing in the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Regional Championships in Bozeman, Mont., from Feb. 23-25. Last season the Lobos took third in the regional championship. UNM has come on of late and has seen better performances out of its skiers in recent events. The hope is that the recent success carries over into the regional championships.

• MEDIA: Live results will be available for the Alpine events at Live-timing.com ... results, photos and recap can be found on GoLobos.com

RMISA Qualifiers

Wednesday, Feb. 22 - Slalom - Bridger Bowl / Bozeman, Mont.
RMISA Slalom Qualifier: Men @ 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
RMISA Slalom Qualifier: Women @ 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 23 -Giant Slalom-Bridger Bowl / Bozeman, Mont.
RMISA Giant Slalom Qualifier - women @ 10 a.m.
RMISA Giant Slalom Qualifier - men @ 1 p.m.

RMISA Regional Championship

Friday, Feb. 24 - Giant Slalom - Bridger Bowl / Bozeman, Mont.
Giant Slalom: Women @ 10 a.m.
Giant Slalom: Men @ 1 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 24 - Freestyle - Bohart Ranch / Bozeman, Mont.
Freestyle: Women 5K @ 9:30 a.m.
Freestyle: Men 10K @ 11 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 25 - Slalom - Bridger Bowl / Bozeman, Mont.
Slalom: Men @ 10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Slalom: Women @ 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 25 - Classic - Bohart Ranch / Bozeman, Mont.
Classic: Men 20K @ 9 a.m.
Classic: Women 15K @ 11 a.m.

*(All times are Mountain Time Zone)

Alaska Anchorage Invitational (Feb. 4-11) ... The Lobos finished sixth overall in the competition with a score of 686 points ... Poor racing conditions at the Alyeska Ski Resort hampered the Alpine events; men's and women's slalom races were run, but the conditions made things very challenging. So challenging, in fact, that the men's Giant Slalom was cancelled ... The Alpine team finished fourth (358) and Nordic finished sixth (328) ... Alpine skier Linn Klaesson was fantastic for the Lobos ... The junior recorded two top-10 finishes after placing fifth in the classic and sixth in the freestyle races ... Klaesson has finished in the top-10 in every race she has participated in this season

Seawolf Invitational (Feb. 9-11) ... The Lobos finished the Seawolf Invitational in fourth place after wrapping up the Alpine races on Feb. 11 in Girdwood, Alaska ... New Mexico scored 695 total points, 361 (4th) in Alpine and 334 (6th) in Nordic ... After two long weeks in Alaska the Lobos finished competition with a solid performance from the Alpine team ... The Alpine skiers helped the Lobos move up from fifth place to fourth place on the final day, thanks in part to the men having, quite possibly, their best slalom performance of the season ... Joonas Rasanen had the best slalom finish, claiming third place for a spot on the podium ... Chris Acosta, who recorded his highest finish of the season, followed in sixth place, and Armin Triendl nabbed eighth to give the Lobos three top-10 finishers ... The slalom results counted for double points due to the giant slalom being cancelled thanks to poor conditions ... Stefanie Demetz was again the big story on the women's side, as the junior claimed two top-10 finishes: fourth in the slalom and 10th in the giant slalom ... The Nordic skiers also had better performances as Christian Otto recorded his best finishes of the season, 12th in the freestyle and seventh in the classical race ... Clara Chauvet also had her best finish of the season after placing fourth in the women's freestyle race ... Klaesson, once again, snagged two top-10 finishes, giving her eight in eight races this season ... The junior took fifth in the classic and sixth in the freestyle.

Denver Invitational (Jan. 14-21) ... The Lobos finished the DU Invitational in fifth place after wrapping up the Nordic races on Jan. 21 in Tabernash, Colo. ... New Mexico scored 695 total points, 361 (4th) in Alpine and 334 (6th) in Nordic ... On the Alpine side, junior Linn Klaesson finished 10th and Sjur Prestseater placed 14th in the men's 15K freestyle and 10th in the 10K classical.

Colorado Invitational (Alpine/Jan. 7-8, Nordic/13-14) ... The Lobos didn't have the type of meet they were hoping for after finishing in sixth place in the team standings ... New Mexico scored 706 total points, 379 (4th) in Alpine and 327 (6th) in Nordic ... Linn Klaesson had the top finish for the Nordic squad, staking claim to third place in the women's 5K freestyle.

• RMISA Qualifiers ... The RMISA qualifiers for Alpine have been inserted into the schedule to match the number of races conducted by the Eastern schools ... Giant Slalom (Jan. 6) ... No team scoring for the qualifying races, but a few Lobos performed well ... Juho Pekka Penttinnen placed eighth, while Mary Rachel Hostetter placed 11th on the women's side.

• Overall Team Notes ... UNM will be traveling both the Nordic and Alpine teams to Bozeman, Mont., for the RMISA West Regional Championships ... The Lobos are coming off a sixth-place and fourth-place finish at the Alaska Anchorage and Seawolf Invitationals, respectively ... The team spent nearly two weeks in Alaska competing in both invitationals ... The Lobos came away from Alaska with much better results than they had in their previous events ... The men's Alpine team was fantastic and had their best performance of the season at the Seawolf Invitational, placing three skiers in the top-10: Rasanen (3rd), Acosta (6th) and Triendl (8th) ... Woman Alpine skier Linn Klaesson had the best performances of any Nordic skier as she had two fifth place finishes and two sixth place finishes between the two invitationals ... Linn Klaesson had the top finish for the Nordic squad, staking claim to third place in the women's 5K freestyle ... Triendl earned RMISA Skier of the Week honors for his performance at the DU Invitational Jan. 14-15 ... Last season the Lobos finished third at the RMISA championships and placed fourth at the 2011 NCAA National Championships in Vermont ... While Utah was the overall regular season champion, New Mexico won the overall RMISA Alpine title, and the men's RMISA Alpine title.

• Men's Alpine Notes ... Juho Pekka Penttinnen has two top-six finishes in slalom races this year, finishing fifth at the CU Invitational and sixth at the DU Invitational ... Chris Acosta started slow this season, but has picked up his pace, finishing in sixth place in the slalom at the Alaska Anchorage Invite and 10th in the giant slalom at the Seawolf Invite ... Both Triendl and Acosta earned All-America honors last season at the NCAA championships ... Newcomer Joonas Rasanen looked superb during pre-season training and finally came through in a big way when he snagged a third-place podium spot in the slalom race at the Seawolf Invite ... Triendl and Penttinnen were named All-RMISA last season ... Acosta was also an All-American in 2010.

• Women's Alpine Notes ... The Lobos have been running only three women down the mountains thus far in the 2012 season: Senior Stefanie Demetz, junior Kate Williams and junior newcomer Mary Rachel Hostetter ... Demetz has six top-10 finishes in eight races this year ... Williams began slowly, but has came on strong recently, recording a second-place finish in the slalom and 10th-place finish in the giant slalom at the Alaska Anchorage Invite, earning herself RMISA Skier of the Week honors ... Hostetter has done well this season, but struggled recently due to poor racing conditions in Alaska ... The newcomer still has three top-10 finishes this season ... Demetz and Williams return from last season to form a strong core for the Lobos ... Demetz garnered All-America honors last season in the giant slalom, while Williams was an All-American in the slalom in 2010 ... Last year, Anne Cecilie Brusletto recorded All-America finishes in both the Slalom and Giant Slalom for the second-straight season ... Brusletto is also currently No. 3 all-time in career alpine wins at UNM with six ... Brusletto has not seen any time on the mountain this season, however, due to injury.

Tyler Shepherd enters his second full season as the head coach of the Lobos' Alpine team ... He also welcomes a familiar face in former Lobo Gary Beresford, who will serve as the assistant Alpine coach ... This is Beresford's first season as an assistant coach.

Men's Nordic Notes ... The Nordic men have had a tough go at it lately due to a virus that ran through the team recently ... Sjur Prestseater had the best meet of any male Nordic skier at the DU Invitational, placing 14th in the men's 15K freestyle and 10th in the 10K classical ... Now two event into the season, the Nordic men's team is still trying to find its rhythm ... Prestseater and Otto are the only skiers that have recorded top-10 finishes on the season, but head coach Sjur Prestseater had a nice classical race, finishing in eighth place and Sjur Prestseater looks to contribute as a freshman ... Kaas leaves the program after recording more Nordic wins (six) and garnering more All-America honors (five) than any other skier in Lobo history ... Hellebostad leaves UNM after recording four Nordic All-America honors in his career, which is tied for the second most in program history ... Three other Lobos have also garnered All-America honors four times in their careers ... Otto just missed out on All-America honors last season, finishing 12th in the classical race at the NCAA championships.

• Women's Nordic Notes ... Linn Klaesson has been the model of consistency for the Lobo women's Nordic team ... The junior now has recorded a top-10 finish in every race so far this season, capturing four more in her most recent races in Alaska ... Linn Klaesson finished 10th and Anni Nord claimed 12th place ... Klaesson and Nord also took 7th and 9th in the 5K classical, respectively ... Klaesson performed very well at the CU Invitational Jan. 13-14, while the rest of the team seemed to experience first meet jitters ... Klaesson finished 10th in the classical and third in the freestyle races ... Chauvet had a decent performance as well in her first collegiate meet, finishing 10th in the freestyle race at the CU Invitational ... The women entered the 2012 season returning a very experienced skier in Klaesson, but they also lost All-America performers Sofie Jonsson and Martine Weng as well as All-RMISA performer Christina Loevald Hellberg ... The team is relatively young this year ... Klaesson is joined by newcomers Anniken Bratlie, Clara Chauvet, Anita Kirvesniemi and Anni Nord to make up the women's Nordic squad. Only Klaesson has NCAA experience ... Klaesson would have been joined by senior Ingrid Leask, who has had a very solid career at UNM so far, but Leask will be redshirting this season ... Kirvesniemi skied for the University of Eastern Finland last season.

Fredrik Landstedt enters his fifth season as head coach of the Lobos and his 17th overall including his time as a former athlete and assistant coach ... During his five seasons as head coach Landstedt has seen his team finish 4th, 3rd, 3rd, and 7th over the previous four years during his tenure ... Landstedt is fielding a fairly young team this season and is excited to see where his Lobos stand in the competitive Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association ... Landstedt also welcomes a familiar face in Martin Kaas back to the team ... Kaas, like Beresford, will serve as assistant coach but for the Nordic team ... This is Kaas' first year as an assistant.

2012 RMISA Skiers of the Meet
Denver Invitational - Linn Klaesson (Women's Nordic)
Seawolf Invitational - Joonas Rasanen (Men's Alpine)

2012 Individual Race Winners

2011 NCAA All Americans ... Nine Lobos earned All-America honors at the 2011 NCAA championships - Men's Alpine: Petter Brenna (2nd team), Armin Triendl (2nd team), Chris Acosta (1st team); Women's Alpine: Anne Cecilie Brusletto (2nd team), Stefanie Demetz (2nd team); Men's Nordic: Martin Kaas (2nd team), Tor-Hakon Hellebostad (1st team); Women's Nordic: Sofie Jonsson (2nd team), Martine Weng (2nd team).

2011 Lobos Honored By RMISA ... Eight Lobos were named to the All-Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Team - Men's Alpine: Petter Brenna (1st team), Armin Triendl (2nd team), Juho Pekka-Penttinnen (2nd team); Women's Alpine: Anne Cecilie Brusletto (1st team); Men's Nordic: Martin Kaas (1st team), Tor-Hakon Hellebostad (2nd team); Women's Nordic: Christina Loevald Hellberg (2nd team), Martine Weng (2nd team).

• Two Lobos earned MVP honors at the RMISA awards banquet. Martin Kaas earned regular season MVP honors in Nordic. Kaas finished in the top 10 in each regular season race, winning the classic at the Lobo Invitational in Taos. Kaas added three other podium appearances, in classic races at Montana State and Utah and the freestyle race at the Lobo Invitational. Kaas won by 13 points over Colorado's Jesper Ostensen.

Also earning MVP honors was Anne Cecilie Brusletto, who won the women's Alpine MVP honor as she had nine top-5 finishes in 12 races, and two of her other three finishes were in the top 11. She won two races, both slalom races at the Lobo Invitational and also had a podium appearance in the slalom race at Utah to open the season.