ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- After a season which saw the Lobo ski team finish third at the NCAA National Championships, Eva Severrus win a national title in Nordic freestyle, and Aku Nikander won a U.S. National title, head coach Fredrik Landstedt handed out some hardware at the end-of-season awards banquet at the Hotel Albuquerque on Thursday night.
The team handed out eight awards, with several of them getting split. The two major awards were the 2014 Ben Abruzzo Scholarship Award, which went to senior All-American Armin Triendl, and the Pat Abruzzo Scholarship Award, which was presented to All-American Mateja Robnik.
The Lobos never finished lower than third in any meet this season, and they won the Jade Enterprises/Lobo Invitational, their first meet win since 2011. The squad had plenty of individual champions. Alpine championships were won on the men’s side by Juho-Pekka Penttinen and Joonas Rasanen, who both won separate slalom races at the Jade Enterprises/Lobo Invitational, and on the women’s side by Mateja Robnik, who won an RMISA giant slalom qualifier.
In Nordic, Eva Severrus won three times, all in the freestyle. She first won the 15K at the Spencer Nelson Invitational, and then she won back-to-back mass starts; the 15K NCAA West Regional/RMISA Championships and the NCAA title as well. Severrus, a freshman, was named the RMISA Nordic Skier of the Year on Wednesday.
Aku Nikander picked up a win in season as well, winning the 30K Pat Miller Invitational, a pre-cursor to his U.S. National Championship win, as he took the 50K classical title, defeating several U.S. Olympians, as well as a host of collegians.
“We had a great team that came together at the NCAAs,” said Landstedt. “Eva had a great season, and I’m really proud of all of our skiers. It was a fun season.”
2014 Ultimate Ski & Snowboard Challenge Awards:
2014 Ben Abruzzo Scholarship Award – Armin Triendl
2014 Pat Abruzzo Scholarship Award – Mateja Robnik
2014 UNM Ski Team Awards:
2014 UNM Ski Team Women’s MVP & NCAA Champion – Eva Severrus
2014 UNM Ski Team Men’s Alpine MVP – Sean Horner
2014 UNM Ski Team Women’s Alpine MVP – Mateja Robnik, Courtney Altringer, Karoline Myklebust
2014 UNM Ski Team Men’s Nordic MVP – Mats Resaland. Aku Nikander, Aljaz Praznik
2014 UNM Ski Team Most Improved – Anni Nord
2014 UNM Ski Team Senior Award – Joonas Rasanen, Michael Bansmer