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NCAA Skiing Championships Recap

The Utah ski team finished second at the NCAA Championships for the second straight year.

The Utah ski team finished second at the NCAA Championships for the second straight year.

April 10, 2012

Highlight Videos
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4

Post-Race Inteviews
Maria Graefnings Post-5k Freestyle Race Interview
Miles Havlick Post-20k Classical Race Interview

Complete Results

BOZEMAN, Mont. - The Utes earned 12 different All-American honors and the University of Utah ski team finished second at the NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season and the eighth time since the sport went co-ed in 1989. Utah combined for a total of 671 points to earn second place at the national meet, finishing behind eventual national champion Vermont (832 points).

"It was a tremendous season for us and we made an extremely strong bid for the overall title this year," Utah Director of Skiing Kevin Sweeney said. "I am proud of our results, motivation and team work. We came up short of the gold, but we clearly demonstrated that Utah is a perennial threat for the overall. It was an exciting four days of competition with many highlights to remember. It was also very inspiring to have the many alumni and parents at the events cheering us on. In addition to the athletes giving it their all, I also commend the attitude, professionalism and incredible work ethic of my staff. We are very proud to be second in the nation."

 

 

Utah posted a meet-high 380 points in the men's team scoring and was fourth in the women's standing with 291. The Utes finished third in both the Alpine (342 pts.) and Nordic (329 pts.) disciplines.

Women's Nordic
Watch Maria Graefnings' Post-5k Freestyle Race Interview!

Senior Maria Graefnings won her second career national title by taking first place in the women's 5k freestyle. She followed that with a seventh-place effort in the women's 15k classical event. The Falun, Sweden native finished in the top 10 eight times in 2012 and 20 times over her career at Utah. Including a victory in last season's 15k classical race at the NCAA Championships, she has now earned six All-American honors over her career and has won a total of 13 races as a Ute.

Senior Rose Kemp turned in a 31st-place finish in the 15k classical and fought through adversity to finish as the third Utah scorer in the race and rounded out the Ute effort in 35th place.

In her NCAA Championships debut in the women's 5k freestyle, junior Parker Tyler gutted out a 20th-place effort and was just .07 seconds behind Beth Taylor of Bates College for 19th place. She finished 20th or better in 11 of 12 races this season and 17 times over her career. The Landgrove, Vt., native took 30th in the women's 15k classical race in the second race of the event.

Men's Nordic
Wach Miles Havlick's Post-20k Classical Race Interview!

Junior Miles Havlick claimed his first career national title in the men's 20k classical race. Havlick earned his first career national title by 1.5 seconds over Montana State's David Norris. This was Havlick's second win of the season and the sixth of his career and he is now a five-time All-American. The Boulder, Colo., native has finished third or better 11 times this season and 19 times over her career. In the first race of the championships, Havlick took runner-up honors in the 10k freestyle race.

Senior Didrik Smith turned in a pair of sixth-place finish in the 20k classical and 15k freestyle races and he earned five All-American honors during his career at Utah. He finished sixth or better in each his last four races at the NCAA Championships and placed 10th or better 10 times this year and 23 times during his career at Utah.

Senior Tom Smith was the third Ute to cross the finish line in the 15k freestyle as he earned his second career top-20 effort at the NCAA Championships. In the men's 20k classical race, followed in 31st place to complete the Ute effort. The Bend, Ore., native finished 20th or better in all nine of his races this year and 22 times with the Utes over his career.

"This is one of the finest teams I have worked with, both as athletes and as people. After winning all of the regular-season meets, as well as the regional championships, we obviously headed off to the NCAA Championships with a win in our thoughts, but the stars didn't align for us on that front this year. That said, this group did not come home with any reason to hang their heads. We saw some tremendous skiing from this team.

"Both Miles and Maria came home as individual national champions, and Miles' victorious finish was one of the most exciting racing moments I have witnessed as a coach. Miles, Maria and Didrik were NCAA All-Americans in both championship events, and Tom, Rose and Parker fought through some bad personal luck during that week. I was proud of Rose and Parker for even making it the starting line, and proud again to see them both finish both races.

"Honestly, I have loved this year's team for its hard work, dedication, and spirit, and they demonstrated these quality in spades at the championships. My only complaint is that some of them are graduating, so we cannot bring the same team back for a healthy rematch next year."

Women's Alpine

Utah junior Anna Kocken led the way for the Utes with 10th-place efforts in both the giant slalom and slalom to earn her second straight Second-Team All-American honor. Kocken, a native of Jarpen, Sweden, finished 10th or better in her last five races and a total of 10 times this season. She is now a four-time All-American and has placed 10th or better 19 times over her career. She was in 13th after the initial run of the giant slalom and managed to jump up three spots after her second run at the course.

Senior Tii-Maria Romar finished 12th in the women's slalom during the last day of the meet. She has finished 20th or better 12 times this season and in 24 races over her career. The Mustasaari, Finland finished her Utah career as a three-time All-American. Romar closed the Utah effort in the women's race with a 27th-place effort in the giant slalom.

Sophomore Julie Bordeau tied for sixth place in the giant slalom for her 13th top-10 effort in 14 races this year. After the first run of the day, Bordeau sat in 17th place, but improved to a sixth-place tie with the top second-run time of the day. Bordeau's Second-Team All-American selection was the first of her career. She closed out the Utah effort on the day with a 14th-place finish in the slalom. She has placed 20th or better in 15 races during her career with the Utes.

Men's Alpine

Junior Ryan Wilson finished second in the men's giant slalom race for his best finish ever at the NCAA Championships. He finished roughly one second off the pace of Colorado's Adam Zika. Wilson was fourth after the first run and then remained consistent and climbed up the individual standings. The Red Wing, Minn., native placed third in the GS at the 2010 national championships and was on the podium three times this year and six times over his career.

Senior Torjus Krogdahl placed fourth to lead the way for the Utes in the men's slalom. This was Krogdahl's third time in the top five at the NCAA Championships after a second-place in the slalom at the 2009 meet and a fifth-place effort tin 2010. He earned All-American honors five times over his career. Krogdahl finished 17th to round out the Ute effort in the men's giant slalom. The Oslo, Norway native finished ninth or better in seven races this year and in 29 events over his career.

Senior Nick Cohee took third place in the men's GS for his first career appearance on the podium at the NCAA Championships. The Gardnerville, Nev., native turned in the second-fastest first-run time of the day. Cohee took home First-Team All-American honors for the second time in his career and now has been third or better in six races this year and nine over his career.

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