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Utah Skiing Wraps Up Fourth Invite Title of 2012

Junior Anna Kocken took second place in the women's slalom on Saturday at the Alyeska Ski Resort.

Junior Anna Kocken took second place in the women's slalom on Saturday at the Alyeska Ski Resort.

Feb. 12, 2012

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Junior Anna Kocken and sophomore Julie Bordeau claimed podium finishes in the slalom Saturday to help the Utes clinch the Seawolf Invitational title at the Alyeska Ski Resort.

The Utes totaled 209 points in today's slalom races to push their overall team total to 858 points for their fourth straight meet victory to start this season.

"When I look back at all the results we posted during the two meets, I am certainly impressed," Utah Director of Skiing Kevin Sweeney said. "We scored podiums consistently in every discipline in every day of competition. When one group was a bit down, another rallied 100 percent. This went on through every race and I really think each person keyed off of each other's success. It's impressive how balanced we are as a team as well as seeing our new recruits really enjoying skiing for a team. The staff is doing a great job as well taking care of the details."

The Utes put two skiers on the podium of the women's slalom as Utah led the way with 121 points. Kocken finished as the runner-up for the second time this season. This tied for Kocken's highest finish of the season as she also placed second in the GS of the RMISA Qualifier. The Järpen, Sweden native has now finished on the podium five times over her career.

Bordeau earned her fourth podium appearance in the last five races. The Mrozine, France native has been on the podium five times during her first season with the Ute program.

Senior Tii-Maria Romar followed in 11th place, while sophomore Jaime Dupratt was 16th. Romar has now finished 20th or better 20 times over her career and DuPratt has been in the top 20 10 times as a Ute and did post the fastest second-run time of the day.

In the men's slalom, Utah tallied 88 points in the team standings as senior Torjus Krogdahl posted Utah's top finish for the second straight day with a fourth-place effort.

Senior Nick Cohee joined Krogdahl in the top 10 with a ninth-place effort. The Gardnerville, Nev., native has finished 10th or better 16 times this season and 32 times during his Utah career. Ryan Wilson rounded out the Ute effort with a 29th-place finish.

"We will now use this next week to rest, rebuild and catch up on academics," Sweeney said. "I think it would be an understatement if I said we were not pleased with the results we just put up in some really crazy weather in Alaska. Rest, recover and reload for the regional. That's the plan this week. It was a great job by everyone and I want to send a thank you to our fans and supporters for all the great emails and texts. Your support is much appreciated."

The Utes will have a week off before their next competition, the RMISA/NCAA West Region Championships on Feb. 24-25 in Big Sky and Bozeman, Mont.

 

 

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