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Utes Second At Western Regional, Qualify Full Team for NCAA Championships

Thomas Zumbrunn finished third in the men's slalom at the NCAA Regionals.

Thomas Zumbrunn finished third in the men's slalom at the NCAA Regionals.

Feb. 23, 2008

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BOZEMAN, Mont. - With a second-place finish at the NCAA Western Regional on Saturday, the Utah ski team became the only Western squad to qualify a full 12-member team for the NCAA Championships.

"It was a great day for Utah," Director of Skiing Eli Brown said. "We came to Bozeman with one important goal - to qualify a full team for the NCAA Championship. We have a chance to ski very well at the championships in two weeks. Every one of our athletes and coaches should be proud of what we accomplished. It's been a great season."

Snorri Einarsson led all Ute finishers with a second-place finish in the 20-km Classic. Ben Fick crossed the line eighth while Casey Simons was 10th.

Annelies Cook and Sara Schweiger were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the women's 15-km Classic. Zoe Roy placed eighth and Madeleine Talkington finished 14th.

On the alpine hill, Thomas Zumbrunn and Scott Veenis finished third and fourth, respectively, in the men's slalom. Sam Beck was Utah's third finisher in 20th.

Mikaela Grassl led the Utes with a fifth-place finish in the women's slalom. Kim Stephens was the next Utah finisher in 16th.

"The Utes have proven one more time that we are a strong contender for the NCAA title," head alpine coach Jaka Korencan said. "The athletes showed heart and pushed the limits of their abilities to the extreme. We need to compliment our seniors - Kim, Sam, and Casey - for their extraordinary support and team commitment."

Utah finished with 527 points. Colorado won the meet with 555 points, while Denver (497 points), Alaska-Anchorage (458 points) and New Mexico (445 points) rounded out the top five.

The 12 skiers to race at the NCAA Championships will be announced early next week.

"It's unfortunate that only 12 skiers can race at NCAA's," Brown said. "We will be leaving some great athletes at home. They are all an important part of this team. Everyone raced their hearts out all season."

The NCAA Championships, hosted by Montana State and held at the Bridger Bowl and Bohart Ranch, begin on March 5.

 

 

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