Tii-Maria Romar won her second race of the season Friday at the UAA Invite.
Feb. 11, 2012
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Senior Tii-Maria Romar earned her second victory of the season and the University of Utah ski team picked up its third consecutive team victory of the 2012 season as it wrapped up the Alaska Anchorage Invitational title.
Utah took the UAA Invite championship with 898 total points and finished 67 points ahead of runner-up Colorado.
"Today was a little tough for us regarding the overall team score," Utah Director of Skiing Kevin Sweeney said. "It was not the lack of effort by any means, and we still posted outstanding results in each discipline. I am encouraged by how we kept charging all day. We are looking forward to one more day of Alpine competition and then going home for much-deserved rest. It has been a great two events here for us so far with Utes securing NCAA qualifying positions in each discipline." Romar won the women's slalom, the fourth victory of her career and her second this season, by nearly three seconds over New Mexico's Kate Williams.
Julie Bordeau took 20th in the event, the first time she has finished outside the top five this season, while Anna Kocken was disqualified. Bordeau has finished among the top 20 in each of her seven races as a Ute.
"It was another rough day in beautiful Alaska," Utah Head Alpine coach Jaka Korencan said. "There was heavy snow that turned into the rain during the day, which created extremely challenging racing conditions. It was definitely a character-building experience. Unfortunately, three of our women made a mistake, but skied extremely well. Congratulations to [Romar] for an amazing performance and pure domination today. She is a real little fighter. Our men's team performed tactically extremely well and helped us tremendously to win our third invitational in a row. We could not be more proud of our whole team. We are looking forward to another day in paradise tomorrow."
Torjus Krogdahl posted his top finish to date this season with a third-place effort in the men's slalom for the sixth podium appearance of his career.
Nich Cohee joined Krogdahl in the top 10 with an eighth-place finish. Cohee has been among the top 10 in five of his seven races this season and 15 times over his career.
Ryan Wilson was the third Ute in the top 10 as he registered a 10th-place finish. He has finished 10th or better in all seven races this season and 16 times over his career.
Tim Hribar rounded out the Utah effort in 28th place.
The Utes also still hold their lead in the Seawolf Invitational heading into tomorrow's slalom as they total 561 points, but their lead was trimmed to 13 points as Colorado trails in second place at 548 points after today's Nordic competition.
During the Classical races at Kincaid Park on the third day of the Seawolf Invitational, junior Miles Havlick turned in his eighth consecutive podium effort with a third-place finish in the men's 20km classical.
Didrik Smith placed 12th to earn his 34th career top-20 effort, his sixth of the season. Rolf Figi followed closely in 13th as he posted his 27th top-20 finish and his seventh out of eight races this season.
In the women's event, Maria Graefnings posted a third-place effort to earn her 14th podium appearance in 16 races as a Ute.
"[Havlick] and [Graefnings] both skied great races with podium finishes and all of our scorers skied in the top 15," Utah head Nordic coach Abi Holt said. "We certainly didn't have a `bad' day, but it wasn't our best, either. Like most of the teams here, we have been on the road for nearly two weeks and I think the travel takes its toll. Tonight we're on a red-eye flight out of Anchorage, so by tomorrow morning we will all be focused on regrouping and getting in some solid training before the regional meet. The entire team is really looking forward to this next racing block."
The Seawolf Invitational closes out tomorrow with the Slalom races at the Alyeska Resort.