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Utah Skiing Competes at RMISA Championships and NCAA West Regional

Niklas Persson has not finished outside of the top 10 for the Utes this season.

Niklas Persson has not finished outside of the top 10 for the Utes this season.

Feb. 19, 2014

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SALT LAKE CITY - The Utah ski team travels to Denver for the RMISA Championships and NCAA West Regional meet, Feb. 21 and 22nd. The alpine events will be held at Beaver Creek Resort with the nordic events at Maloit Park.

"I feel we had one of the best weeks of training all year for both squads and we are, for the most part, healthy and very fired up for the weekend," Utah Director of Skiing Kevin Sweeney said. "Though conditions for training were a bit soft, we worked hard, focused on quality and worked on individual needs. It was a good dry run for what conditions could be for NCAA's too. It has been a team effort across the board to get ready for Regionals and the NCAA's that will follow soon.

"I want to thank my entire staff for a great job this week, as well as the athletes for the attention to detail that each has demonstrated to maximize peak performance going into this weekend. We have put in the hard work, so now comes the fun. I think we are in really good shape and in an excellent position from a team perspective. I really could not ask for any more from this great group."

Utah has skied shorthanded its last two meets, with some skiers injured or ill while several skiers have competed in national or international events. Sloan Storey was recently at the cross country Junior World Championships while Mark Engel made his first World Cup start. Chloe Fausa and Engel have competed in NorAm Cup races.



The Utes will be looking for continued strong performances. Utah's most consistent skier has been Niklas Persson in men's nordic, with top-10 finishes in all eight races he has competed in this year, with a victory in the 15-km classic at the Pat Miller Invite. Also strong in men's nordic is Noé Bellet with six top-10 finishes while Oscar Ivars, who battled illness in recent meets, has five top-10's. In women's nordic, Storey has three top-10 finishes in five races competed. Anna Svendsen has finished in the top-five three times, and Anna-Lena Heynen has three top-10 finishes and two top-five results.

Alpine is led by Kristiina Rove, who has seven top-five finishes (eight results in the top 10) with her only blemishes one DNF and one disqualification. She won the slalom at the Colorado Invitational. Fausa has six top-10 finishes (plus a win at the Pat Miller Invitational in the slalom) while Ana Kobal has finished in the top 10 five times. Jaime Dupratt has made a recent surge, with three top-10 finishes in Utah's last four races. Engel and Andy Trow each have four top-10 finishes in men's alpine. Engel earned his first career podium finish in the slalom at New Mexico. Joergen Brath also recently had his best career finish with a tie for fifth in the giant slalom at the CU Invite. He has two top-10's this year.

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