UAA gets 3 more All-America finishes at NCAA ski championships

The UAA ski team produced three more NCAA All-America finishes Saturday on the final day of the national championships in Utah.

Niko Harmanen and Lukas Ebner both repeated as All-Americans for the Seawolves. Harmanen grabbed fourth place in the men’s slalom race and Ebner placed 10th in the men’s 20-kilometer freestyle race. Earlier in the week, Harmanen placed third in the giant slalom and Ebner finished seventh in the 10-K classic.

UAA’s other All-America performance Saturday came from Marine Dusser, who placed ninth in the women’s 15-K freestyle.

UAA now boasts 143 All-America finishes dating back to 1979. All-America recognition go to the top 10 finishers at the national championships.

The only other skier from Alaska to earn All-America honors Saturday was UAF’s Max Olex, who placed second in the men’s 20-K. He was 6.3 seconds behind winner Mads Ek Stroem of Colorado.

As a team, UAA placed eighth with 235 points. Denver took the team title with 556 points, followed by Vermont (487.5) and New Mexico (458.5).

A number of Alaskans posted top-15 finishes Saturday. In the men’s 20-K, Anchorage skiers Silas Talbot of Dartmouth and Scott Patterson of Vermont placed 11th and 12th, respectively. In the women’s 15-K, UAF’s Nichole Bathe was 13th and Anchorage skiers Annie Liotta and Jessica Yeaton were 14th and 15th, respectively, for Montana State. In the men’s slalom, UAA’s Cedrik Gagnon finished 15th.

Anchorage Daily News