Feb. 27, 2012
BOZEMAN, Mont. - New Mexico's Armin Triendl and Utah's Tii-Maria Romar were named the RMISA Alpine MVPs, as was announced at the annual regional banquet Feb. 25.
Calculated using the NCAA Qualification points earned all season, each skier can earn a maximum of 50 points per race. For the men, there were 10 races, five giant slalom and five slalom. Because of racing conditions in Alaska, an extra giant slalom race was added. The men did not finish one run that day in Alaska while the women did. Rules indicate that the one run for the women can count as a result for RMISA purposes. Because of that, the women had 11 races with six GS and five slalom results.
Triendl, a junior hailing from Oberperfuss, Austria, earned 442 out of a possible 500 points. He won two races, the two alpine qualifiers, and hit the podium twice, both at the Denver Invitational. He finished all 10 races with eight top 10 finishes and five top-five finishes.
Triendl has been the Lobos spark plug from the very beginning of the season. The junior really came into his own this year and closes out the regular season in spectacular fashion by grabbing the RMISA Alpine MVP award.