Tim Hribar and the Utes begin a busy week in Bozeman, Mont., today with the NCAA Slalom Qualifier.
Feb. 22, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah ski team prepares for the NCAA West Region/Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Skiing Association Championships this weekend in Bozeman, Mont.
Before the regional begins, an NCAA Slalom Qualifier will be held on Wednesday starting at 10 a.m. and an NCAA Giant Slalom Qualifier will be held Thursday at 10 a.m.
The NCAA West Region/RMISA Championships begin with the Alpine disciplines as the Giant Slalom races will be held Friday at the Bridger Bowl, starting at 10 a.m. The slalom event will be ran on Saturday at 10 a.m.. At the Bohart Ranch, the Nordic portion of the meet begins Friday with the 5/10km freestyle races at 9:30 a.m., while the classic races begin Saturday at 9 a.m.
"We are ready to get back to competition after a nice recovery week following our successful Alaska campaign," Utah Director of Skiing Kevin Sweeney said. "We have had excellent training at our home Alpine and Nordic venues this week so I feel we are ready to go. With Alpine and Nordic venues close by, this will be a nice chance for us to be together as a full team. Our focus will be to secure final NCAA qualifying and start seed positions."
Utah won its second straight RMISA regular-season title after winning all four meets in 2012.
In the final RMISA team standings, Utah scored 3,554 points in the four meets, an average of 888.5 per meet, and beat out Colorado (3,320) by 234 points, an average of 58.5 points per meet.
This is the first time a team has repeated as regular-season champion since 2008-09. Utah also won both the men's and women's titles as well as the Men's Nordic and Women's Alpine championships.
Utes Are Podium Friendly
Ute skiers finished first in 12 different races this season and were on the podium a total of 37 times. Utah earned five women's Alpine victories and 14 podium finishes, while the men's Alpine squad took three men's Alpine victories and turned in six podium finishes
Four Utes Among Top Three of RMISA Alpine MVP Standings
Romar won the GS at the Denver Invitational as well as the slalom at the UAA Invite. She placed on the podium four times this season and finished in the top four in eight races.
Bordeau took the slalom titles at the Colorado and Denver Invitationals this season and finished second at the GS in the Alaska Anchorage Invite. She finished third in both races at the Seawolf Invitational and placed fifth or better eight times.
Senior Nick Cohee is first in the RMISA's Men's Alpoine MVP with two more qualifier races remaining.
Cohee has accumulated a total of 355 points and holds a five-point lead over New Mexico's Armin Triendl. The Gardnerville, Nev., native won three GS races at the Colorado, Denver and Alaska Anchorage Invites in addition to a second-place finish in the RMISA GS Qualifier.
Junior Ryan Wilson is third in the MVP standings with a pair of podium finishes this season, including a second-place finish in the slalom at the CU Invitational as well as a third-place effort in the RMISA's GS Qualifier.
Junior Miles Havlick of the University of Utah ski team was named the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Men's Nordic MVP.
The award is based on the total accumulation of NCAA qualification points in the four regular-season meets. Havlick scored an impressive 389 points out of a possible 400 and finished on the podium in each of the eight regular season races.
Havlick won the 10km freestyle race at the Alaska Anchorage Invitational on Feb. 6, then took second in three races and third four other times.
Havlick opened the season with three straight second-place finishes in both races at the University of Colorado/Spencer Nelson Memorial Invitational as well as the classical event the following week at the Denver Invitational. Havlick capped the DU Invite by taking third in the freestyle race.
During the team's two-week trip to Alaska, Havlick broke through and got his race victory in the freestyle race at the UAA Invitational and then took third place in the other three races.
Havlick finished tied for ninth in last season's MVP race despite missing two races and was the top-ranked skier who missed a race. During his freshman season in 2010, he finished 17th while once again missing two races.
The Boulder, Colo., native is a three-time All-American, earning a pair of honors last season and one in 2010 as a freshman. He was named Ski Racing Magazine's Men's Nordic Collegiate Skier of the Year in 2011 in addition to first-team All-RMISA honors. He was a second-team 2010 All-RMISA selection as a freshman.
Havlick has won five races during his first three seasons as a Ute and has finished on the podium 16 times. He has finished fifth or better in 19 of his 30 career races.