Junior Andi Weiser skied 20th in the GS at the '04 RMISA Regional Championships.
Jan. 10, 2005
The preseason No.1 (SkiRacing Magazine) ranked University of Utah ski team will travel to Jackson Hole, Wyo., to ski at the Alaska-Anchorage Invitational hosted by the Seawolves, Jan. 13-15. The alpine events will be held at the Snow King Resort, while the nordic races will be skied at the Trail Creek Ranch. Events will be held Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 13-15. Races begin at 12:00 a.m. (MST).
Utah opened the season by hosting the annual Utah Invitational. The Utes ended the two-day invite finishing third overall, while battling severe weather conditions.
The University of Denver (568.0) won the invite, followed by a second-place finish by Colorado (488.0). The Utes (486.0) claimed third, while Alaska-Anchorage (452.0) finished fourth. Defending national champions New Mexico (421.0) skied fifth to round out the top-five.
On the nordic side, the women's team finished the invite winning the 5-km freestyle event. Sophomore Sandra Gredig led the way, placing third in the FS and sixth in the classical. Fellow sophomore Daniel Sonntag headlined the men's squad, skating to a first-place finish in the 10-km FS and skiing ninth in the CL.
2005 SKI RACING MAGAZINE PRESEASON RANKINGS:
Utah 144 Denver 141 New Mexico 139 Colorado 131 Vermont 117 Alaska-Anchorage 78 Middlebury College 59 Dartmouth College 58 Nevada 44 Alaska-Fairbanks 9
Junior Andi Weiser will miss the rest of the 2005 season due to a knee injury sustained during a training run prior to the Utah Invite. The Nova Gorica, Slovenia, native will rejoin the team next season.
QUOTING COACH SWEENEY:
On The Utah Invite: "We had a good season opener at the Utah Invite, but by no means was it our best. As anticipated we had some great results but we also struggled a bit due to illness and difficult snow conditions. Our scoring depth was just not where it needs to be to win. I anticipate our results to be much improved at Jackson."
On The Alaska-Anchorage Invite: "It feels great to get the season under way. We are very fired up right now as our highlights last weekend demonstrate we can be in there for the win. It's good racing in Jackson so we are really looking forward to the events. We should be more solid. We have recovered from most of our illnesses. I will most likely start Magnus Carlsson who should bolster the men's cross country results."
On Andi Weiser's Injury: "On a difficult and unfortunate note, it looks like we have lost alpine standout Andi Weiser for the season as he damaged his knee in a training run just prior to the start of the Utah Invite. He is in for surgery today. This is a big loss for the squad. We're discussing this right now with [our complicance office] to try and earn a year back for him due to injury. I sure do want him to recover well and be back in the gates for us next season. He is dynamite for this team."
RETURNING NCAA CHAMPIONS:
Senior and two-time GS champion Ben Thornhill will be returning for his fourth-season with the Utes. Fellow senior Lina Joansson rejoins the team after skiing to a first-place podium spot in the SL at the 2003 NCAA Championships.
-Nordic Recruits: Magnus Carlsson and Nicole Naef -Alpine Recruits: Mark Heinrich-Wallace, Matic Ramus and Kim Stephens
University of Alaska, Anchorage University of Nevada Reno Montana State University University of Utah University of Colorado Western State College University of Denver Whitman College University of New Mexico Boise State University
Utah will have a week off to recover before traveling to Winter Park, Colo., for the Denver Invitational. This invite will be held Friday through Saturday, Jan. 28-29. Race times are TBA.