UAA skier Dusser posts another All-America finish

Marine Dusser, a freshman from France, put UAA on the podium again Saturday at the NCAA skiing national championships in Middlebury, Vt.

Dusser claimed third place in the women's 15-kilometer freestyle cross-country race. It was her second third-place finish of the championships, making her a two-time All-American.

The only other skier from Alaska to earn All-America recognition Saturday was Silas Talbot of Anchorage. Talbot, skiing for Dartmouth, placed ninth in the men's 20-K freestyle race.

Dusser's two podium finishes highlighted the week for the Seawolves, who finished seventh in the team standings and produced five All-Americans. All-America honors go to the top 10 finishers in each race.

All three men on the nordic side recorded top-10 finishes in Thursday's classic race -- Viktor Brannmark, Lukas Ebner and Lasse Molgaard-Nielsen -- and alpine skier Andreas Adde claimed All-America honors in Wednesday's giant slalom.

Colorado claimed the team championship.


NCAA skiing championships

Middlebury, Vt.

Saturday's results

Men's 20-K freestyle

1) Miles Havlick, Utah, 50:13.4. Alaska finishers -- 9) Silas Talbot, Dartmouth, 50:19.6; 12) David Norris, Montana State, 50:40.3; 13) Andrew Dougherty, Denver, 50:41.1; 18) Lukas Ebner, UAA, 51:01.9; 20) Lasse Molgaard-Nielson, UAA, 51:04.2; 24) Viktor Brannmark, UAA, 51:27.4; 25) Logan Hanneman, UAF, 51:30.8; 26) Scott Patterson, Vermont, 52:06.7; 29) Michael Fehrenbach, UAF, 52:32.9; 40) Jonas Loffler, UAF, 51:15.

Women's 15-K freestyle

1) Joanne Reid, Colorado, 38:17.8. Alaska finishers -- 3) Marine Dusser, UAA,38:45; 13) Anne Liotta, MSU, 39:57.6; 16) Elizabeth Guiney, New Hampshire, 40:28.7; 18) Jessica Yeaton, MSU, 40:40.4; 25) Patricia Sprecher, UAA, 41:04.8; 27) Crystal Pitney, UAF, 41:10.7; 28) Alyson McPhetres, UAF, 41:11.5; 31) Karina Smith, UAA, 41:53.6.



Cook leads UAA gymnasts

Sophomore Morgan Cook led UAA on two events Saturday at Eastern Michigan's Eagle Invitational gymnastics meet in Ypsilanti, Mich.

The Seawolves placed fourth in the meet with 191.65 points. Kent State, ranked 17th in Division I, won with 195.05.

Cook placed seventh in balance beam (9.65 points) and 11th in vault (9.725) for the Seawolves.

Emily Peterson, a senior competing not far from her Indianapolis home, posted the team's best finish by placing fourth in uneven parallel bars (9.775).

Freshman M'rcy Matsunami turned in the top routine in floor exercise, placing eighth with a career-high 9.775; Cook was 11th with a 9.725. Matsunami grabbed third place in all-around with a score of 38.35.

UAA's team total ranks 17th on the program's all-time list, giving this year's squad six of the top 20 scores all-time.

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