Twelve Lobos to Compete at 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships
Feb. 26, 2013
Chris Acosta, Kate Williams, Mary Rachel Hostetter and Linn Håvelsrud Klaesson; junior Christian Otto; and sophomores Michael Bansmer, Joonas Rasanen, Mateja Robnik, Mats Rudin Resaland, Sjur Prestsaeter, Anni Nord and Clara Chauvet will make the trip to host school Middlebury College to compete in this year's NCAA events. The NCAA Men's and Women's Skiing Committee announced the 74 men and 74 women selected to participate in the Championships on Tuesday.
Participants are selected on a regional basis from two designated regions for Alpine skiing (East and West Regions) and three designated regions for Nordic skiing (Central, East and West Regions). Bids are awarded to regions using a formula determined by the skiing committee. A maximum of 12 student-athletes (three per gender per discipline) may participate from an institution.
Alpine events will run at Middlebury College Snow Bowl. The men's and women's giant slaloms will be held March 6, with the men's and women's slaloms conducted March 8.
Nordic events will be held at Rikert Nordic Center. The men's 10K and women's 5K classical cross-country races will be conducted March 7. The women's 15K and men's 20K freestyle races will be held March 9.
This year's skiing championships will be webcast live on NCAA.com. Visit the skiing page of NCAA.com to watch all the action. Middlebury College has also established an information central Web page for the event: http://www.middlebury.edu/athletics/sports/skiing/ncaa13.
It's the fifth time in school history that Middlebury College will be the host site for the NCAA Skiing Championships. The Panthers previously hosted the event in 1961, 1972, 1988 and 2001.
Lobos at the Big Dance...
The Lobos look to keep their 29-year streak of top-10 finishes at nationals alive. Last season UNM finished eighth at the 2012 NCAA National Championships and earned five All-American honors: Chris Acosta earned national honors in men's giant slalom and slalom, finishing 10th and third, respectively; Armin Triendl claimed fifth place in the giant slalom and Stefanie Demetz claimed sixth place in the women's slalom; and on the Nordic side, Sjur Prestseater finished 10th in the men's classic.
The last time a Lobo skier won an individual national title was 2009 when Malin Hemmingsson won the women's slalom for the second time in her career (also won in 2007).
The last time a men's Alpine skier won an individual national championship was 1996, when Mattais Erlandsson won the slalom.
For Nordic, the last individual to win a national title was Jimmy Vika in the freestyle in 2003. On the women's Nordic side, Kristina Stradnberg won the classic race in 2000.
UNM's Dozen Dancers in 2013...
Chris Acosta Alpine SR Ashland, Wisc./MIddle Park HS 4th NCAAs Four-time All-American (2010, 2011, 2012)
Michael Bansmer Alpine SO Central Pointe, Ore./Crater HS 1st NCAAs
Joonas Rasanen Alpine SO Helsinki, Finland/Nilsian Lukio 1st NCAAS
Mateja Robnik Alpine SO Luce, Slovenia/Univ. of Ljublijana 1st NCAAs
Kate Williams Alpine SR Park City, Utah 4th NCAAs All-American (2010)
M.R. Hostetter Alpine SR Steamboat Springs, Colo./Denver 4th NCAAs
Mats Rudin Resaland Nordic SO Kongsberg, Norway/Norges 1st NCAAs
Christian Otto Nordic JR Waltersdorf, Germany/Eliteschule 3rd NCAAs
Sjur Prestsaeter Nordic SO Lillehammer, Norway/Norges 2nd NCAAs All-American (2012)
Anni Nord Nordic SO Tammela, Finlad/Sotkamon Lukio 2nd NCAAs
Linn Håvelsrud Klaesson Nordic SR Oslo, Norway/Lambertseter 3rd NCAAs
Clara Chauvet Nordic SO St. Gervais, France 2nd NCAAs