March 8, 2014
"There is no question that all of our team members really charged today," Utah Director of Skiing Kevin Sweeney said. "I know nobody held back. We came up short, but at the same time, we did have some solid performances. I think today was a good example of how volatile ski racing can be. I think in ski racing it gets compounded. Last year we had a chance with an amazing men's nordic race on the last day. This year, Vermont's team put three women on the podium in the last race. There is momentum and point swings and sometimes you are on the right side of that, and sometimes you're not. It's hard for us to end up where we did. I think we're a better team than that. The athletes are ok with their effort, and obviously we all wish that some of the results were better."
After Friday's slalom postponement, the final four races were all held today.
Storey had Utah's best finish of the day with a sixth-place run in the women's 15-km freestyle. It was her second-career All-America honor and her sixth top-10 finish of the season. Anna Svendsen finished 17th while Anna-Lena Heynen was 21st in the race.
"At last night's team meeting we talked about skiing for the team and giving an all-out effort in today's race," Utah head nordic coach Abi Holt said. "I think the team delivered on this commitment, and there is really nothing more I can ask. I am proud of the effort this team made today, and I am confident this group has learned a lot about NCAA racing that we will carry into next season."
Over at Park City Mountain Resort, Trow ran the fourth-fastest second run of the day in the men's slalom to move up from 14th after the first run to seventh place. He matched his seventh-place finish in last year's slalom at NCAA's, earning his second career All-America honor. Joergen Brath finished 14th for the Utes. Mark Engel ran the second-fastest run in the first run, but was disqualified after a mistake at the top caused him to straddle a gate.
In women's alpine, Chloe Fausa struggled on her second run to finish 11th. She was in eighth after her first run. Kristiina Rove, who was second after her first run, skied out and did not finish her second run. Ana Kobal skied out on her first run.
"We are very proud of our alpine athletes for their efforts and performances through this week," Utah head alpine coach Jaka Korencan and assistant alpine coach Luke Patterson said. "Earlier in the week we had fantastic performances from the group. Today we were on the verge of a very successful day, but when it was all said and done we were not able to convert. Our athletes work and preparation have been excellent, but today it did not come together - racing is like that."
Denver won the NCAA title with 556 points, followed by Vermont (487.5), New Mexico (458.5), and Colorado (402.5). CU overtook the Utes for fourth on the final event (women's slalom).