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UAA wraps up FIS ski race series at Alyeska with giant slalom wins

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: February 4
  • Published February 4

Moro Bamber, a U19 training with Vermont’s Green Mountain Valley School, had the fastest first run in the FIS Tech series giant slalom Tuesday and finished the day second overall and won the men’s U19 class. (Photo by Bob Eastaugh)

UAA’s Li Djurestaal capped a strong race series Tuesday by claiming her fourth win in five races at the West Region FIS Tech Series at Alyeska.

Djurestaal, a junior from Sweden, won the women’s giant slalom race by .33 of a second over teammate Nicole Mah, a freshman from British Columbia. Djurestaal finished the four-day race series with two giant slalom wins, two slalom wins and a third-place finish in a third slalom.

Third place in Tuesday’s race went to Randi Von Wichman of the Alyeska Ski Club, a U19 skier who also placed third Monday, behind Djurestaal and UAA sophomore Chloe Margue.

In the men’s giant slalom, UAA’s Mike Soetaert of Vermont posted a .03-second victory over Vermont’s Moro Bamber, the winner of Monday’s GS.

Soertaert, a junior from Alberta, won Tuesday’s first run and was third in the second run, running the gates just fast enough to hold off Bamber, who finished second in both runs. UAA senior Dominic Unterberger of British Columbia placed third overall, about one second off the winning pace.

The winner of the men’s second run Tuesday was U19 skier Hunter Eid of the Alyeska Ski Club, who grabbed second place overall in Monday’s race. On Tuesday he struggled to a 29th-place finish in the first run but stormed back in the second run to finish 18th overall.