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3 top-10 finishes for UAA alpine skiers in Utah

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: February 9
  • Published February 9

The UAA ski team produced three top-10 results this week during the alpine portion of the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association’s invitational meet at Utah’s Snowbird Resort.

Rebecca Fiegl had a team-best sixth-place finish and teammate Li Djurestaal placed ninth for the Seawolves in the first of two women’s slalom races Monday.

Didrik Nilsen led the way Tuesday with a 10th-place showing in the second of two men’s slalom races.

Men and women are racing on separate days as part of RMISA’s COVID-19 mitigation plans.

UAA fared better in Monday’s first women’s race than in the second, where Fiegl and Djurestaal again led the team by finishing 14th and 18th, respectively.

“On the second race we just didn’t execute,” UAA coach Sparky Anderson said in a press release from the school. “We need to do a better job either staying relaxed or staying focused on these COVID-mandated single gender two-race-per-day events. We just haven’t been able to dial that in as a team. The days tend to be long and pretty intense.”

In Tuesday’s first slalom race, Moro Bamber clocked the fifth-fastest time in the first run but struggled on his second run to place 18th for UAA’s best finish.

In the second race, Nilsen was 10th and Michael Soetaert was 12th.

“Our guys battled today,” Anderson said. “With some of the World Cup athletes returning to their colleges this week, it’s a full-on dog fight. We’ve got some work to do, but there were a few bright spots.”

The Seawolves will compete in giant slalom races Thursday and Friday at Park City, Utah.