Skiers Adde, Berther are All-America for Seawolves

UAA alpine skiers Andreas Adde and Vanessa Berther delivered stirring second runs Thursday to earn All-America honors in the giant slalom at the NCAA Ski Championships in Bozeman, Mont.

Combined with the All-America honor Seawolves senior nordic skier Jaime Bronga seized Wednesday, UAA has grabbed three All-America honors halfway through the meet.

UAA has generated at least one All-America skier for 26 straight seasons.

Adde, the 2010 NCAA slalom champion as a freshman, sat 10th after the first of two runs at Bridger Bowl, clocking 46.96 seconds in his opener. The junior earned the third All-America honor of his career by storming the second run in 46.42, which gave the Norwegian a combined time of 1:33:40 and earned him sixth place.

Berther came from even farther back in the field. The freshman from Bellvue, Wash., was 15th after completing her first run in 53.20, but rallied in the second run with a 49.97 that tied for the seventh-fastest run. Her combined time of 1:43:17 earned her eighth place and her first All-America honor.

UAA freshman Niko Harmanen (1:33:86) finished 15th among men in his NCAA debut and freshman Sean Alexander (1:34:55) claimed 24th in a field of 34 finishers.

On the women's side, UAA freshman Anais Urbain (1:43:70) finished 15th among 34 finishers and senior Alexandra Parker, a four-time All-America, took 17th (1:43:93).

The Seawolves alpine skiers collected 81 team points to give UAA 271 points, which jumped them to fifth place overall among 21 teams after being in eighth place following Wednesday's nordic races.

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