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Rove, Brath Earn Top-Five Finishes in Giant Slalom for Utah Skiing

Joergen Brath finished fifth in the giant slalom on the final day of the CU Invite.

Joergen Brath finished fifth in the giant slalom on the final day of the CU Invite.

Feb. 2, 2014

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WINTER PARK, Colo. - Kristiina Rove and Joergen Brath each earned top-five finishes in the giant slalom to lead the Utah ski team on the final day of the Colorado Invitational.

Rove, who also won yesterday's slalom race, finished fourth. Three Utah women finished in the top 10, including Jaime Dupratt and Teagen Palmer in ninth and 10th, respectively. It was Palmer's best finish of the season, and DuPratt's second top-10 finish of the meet.

Brath tied for fifth for his best finish of the season. Andy Trow came in eighth for his third top-10 of the year while Eian Sandvik finished 21st.

"It was a difficult weekend for us, as we are struggling to field a full team in all events," Utah Director of Skiing Kevin Sweeney said. "We are fighting some illness as well as having several of our top performers away at World Junior Championships and NorAms. The bright-side of this is that everyone who competed did a superb job and we ended the Invite in an extremely respectable position. We also had several standout performances which is exceptionally rewarding and motivating for the entire team. The invitationals are proving to be intensely competitive and FIS points are outstanding for both disciplines. The slip side is that illness and mistakes are magnified."

"I think we have benefitted from this weekend. We are a cohesive team across the board, can score well in all disciplines, and it demonstrates how important each individual is to the entire team. We need to get 100 percent healthy, work on a few weaknesses and come out with the desire to win as a team. I believe our newcomers now have a really good understanding of what collegiate skiing is all about. I applaud my coaching and medical staff for doing a great job with this squad on and off the race course. I see everyone making strides forward. We are really looking forward to the second half of the season."

Utah finished third in the final standings with 579 points, trailing meet winner Denver (648) and New Mexico (591). Colorado finished fourth (555) followed by Montana State (415) and Alaska Anchorage (398).

The alpine team continues on Monday, Feb. 2, with an RMISA giant slalom qualifier against Colorado (which does not count for the invitational but will count for NCAA qualification), and the full team returns to action at the New Mexico Invitational, Feb. 7-8.



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