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Liebner lands All-American spot as CCSA skiers open NCAA’s

Andy Liebner opened the 2011 Championships in style for the CCSA, claiming an All-American spot with his ninth-place finish at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vt. Alaska’s David Norris just missed out on an All-American berth as well, taking 12th in the men’s 10K skate, while Green Bay’s Carolyn Freeman produced the region’s top performance on the women’s side, finishing 15th in the women’s 5K event.

“I’m very excited about the outcome of Carolyn’s race today,” Green Bay’s Steve Teclaw said afterwards. “Her goal was to grasp an All-American title, but she had a solid race regardless. She was up against the best in the country, and it’s obvious Carolyn feeds off their talent. It definitely increases her drive to ski fast.”

Liebner earned the CCSA’s top finish on the men’s side, crossing the line with a time of 26:45.1. The junior stood in 11th place halfway through the 10K race, but turned it on over the closing stages to earn second-team All-American honors with a ninth-place finish in his first NCAA Championship race.

Alaska freshman Norris wasn’t far behind, however, taking 12th place in the event with a time of 26:53.5, just over seven seconds out from 10th place finisher Torhakon Hellebostad. Teammate Lex Treinen, a former All-American himself, took 15th place in the men’s event with his 26:57.5.

“There were a couple of good things to come out of today,” Alaska coach Scott Jerome said. “Dave Norris getting 12th and being less than eight seconds out of the top ten. And Lex has been sick half of the season, so for him to come in 15th was pretty good.”

Northern Michigan freshman Erik Soderman earned a top-twenty finish in his first trip to nationals as well; his time of 27:14.1 proving good enough for 19th place overall. Alaska’s third skier, Tyler Kornfield, crossed the line in 28th place, nipping Montana State’s Ryan Scott by just two-tenths of a second.

Northern’s Martin Banerud took 33rd place, with a time of 27:54.5, while Michigan Tech’s Mikko Harju and Gustavus’ Jens Brabbit, among the first competitors out on the course in the morning, finished 35th and 36th, respectively.

On the women’s side, Freeman led the way for the CCSA, with her 15:06.8 landing a top-20 finish for the senior. Northern Michigan’s Marie Helen Soderman missed out on 20th place by just one-tenth of a second, taking 21st in 15:16.0.

Alaska’s Raphaela Sieber was next in line for the region, finishing 24th with a time of 15:23.1 in her first NCAA appearance, while Wildcat Christina Turman came in 27th in 15:26.1. Alaska’s Theresia Schurr, racing in NCAA nationals for the third straight season, placed 28th, six-tenths of a second behind Turman.

“Today just wasn’t our day on the women’s side.” Jerome said. “It was a pretty easy wax day, but we just didn’t ski the way we expect to. But nobody mailed it in by any stretch of the imagination. Everyone gave it their all, I know that.”

Northern Michigan’ s Monica Markvardsen and Michigan Tech’s Malin Eriksson rounded out the CCSA field, taking 36th and 37th place, respectively.

The skiers now benefit from a day off before returning to Trapp Family Lodge on Friday to close out the 2011 season with a women’s 15K classic, starting at 9:30 a.m., followed by a men’s 20K classic, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Early forecasts call for warm temperatures and rain on Friday, making for a potentially wet and unusual race. Regardless, the CCSA coaches maintain that they will be prepared.

“Regardless of the weather, we’ll be ready to go,” Jerome said. “We look forward to getting another chance.”

“I hope the predicted rain isn’t too much of a factor,” Teclaw said. “We’re confident that we can improve, and I believe our region has the talent to meet and exceed the results of the West and Eastern regions.”

For complete results from today’s races, please visit http://www.barttiming.com/eisa/Results11/ncaa11.htm.

CCSA skiers gear up for NCAA Championships

The CCSA winds up its 2011 season this week as the region’s top athletes head to the NCAA Championships in Stowe, Vt. The centerpiece of the college skiing season, the event brings together the best skiers from across the county to compete in four days of Nordic and Alpine events. Representing the Central Region this season will be 15 student-athletes. On the men’s side, the CCSA will be represented by Northern Michigan’s Martin Banerud, Andy Liebner, and Erik Soderman; Alaska’s Tyler Kornfield, David Norris, and Lex Treinen; Gustavus’ Jens Brabbit and Michigan Tech’s Mikko Harju. The region’s seven-woman team, meanwhile, consists of NMU’s Marie Helen Soderman, Monica Markvardsen, and Christina Turman; Alaska’s Raphaela Sieber and Theresia Schnurr; Green Bay’s Carolyn Freeman, and Michigan Tech’s Malin Eriksson. “We are going to be up against the best 39 skiers in the country,” Michigan Tech head coach and CCSA president Joe Haggenmiller said….

Dartmouth Skiing Names 12 to All-Academic Team

HANOVER, N.H. – Twelve members of the Dartmouth ski team have earned National Ski Coaches Association All-Academic honors. The Big Green, which took second at the EISA Championships last week and will participate in the NCAA Championships next week, proved its mettle both in the classroom and on the slopes. The award recognizes student-athletes who earned a grade point average of 3.5 in the fall 2010 term and who participated at regional championship events. Three Dartmouth skiers: seniors Rosie Brennan (Park City, Utah) and Courtney Hammond (Mercer Island, Wash.) and junior Gordon Vermeer (Minneapolis, Minn.) earned perfect 4.0 GPA’s during the fall term. Brennan and Vermeer are cross-country skiers while Hammond is a leader on the alpine slopes. Dartmouth begins competition in the 2011 NCAA Championships on Thursday, March 10. The event is hosted by the University of Vermont and will be raced at Stowe’s Mt. Mansfield (alpine) and the…

NCAAs to be Streamed Live

The NCAA is pleased to announce that the 2011 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Skiing Championships will be web cast live. http://www.ncaa.com/sports/skiing/d1

EISA Names All-East Teams

After last weekend’s NCAA Regional Championships hosted by Bates College EISA announced the end of year awards. For full awards info, NCAA Regional Championships results and NCAA Schedule visit www.eisaskiing.org. EISA All East Alpine Men First Team Jonathan Nordbotten, UVM Kevin Drury, UVM Tim Kelly, UVM Robby Kelley, UVM Paul Atkinson, UNH Second Team Rob Cone, Middlebury Hig Roberts, Middlebury Zach Clayton, UNH Sean Higgins, UVM Trevor Leafe, UVM Alpine Women First Team Kate Ryley, UVM Meg Ryley, UVM Courtney Hammond, Dartmouth Annie Rendall, Dartmouth Geordie Lonza, Williams Second Team Nicole Dvorak, Middlebury Lyndee Janowiak, UVM Bryana Park, UVM Ashley-Kate Durham, St. Lawrence Laurel Carter, Williams Nordic Men First Team Eric Packer, Dartmouth Sam Tarling Dartmouth Scott Patterson, UVM Nils Koons, Dartmoutn Franz Bernstein, UVM Second Team Alex Howe, UVM Scott Lacy, Dartmouth Dimitri Luthi, Williams Erik Flagstrom, Dartmouth Fritz Horst, UVM Nordic Women First Team Caitlin Patterson, UVM Rosie Brennan,…

NCAA Announces NCAA Champ Rosters for 2011

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Skiing Committee announced the 74 men and 74 women selected to participate in the 2011 National Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Skiing Championships, to be held March 9-12, at the Stowe Mountain Resort and Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont. The championships will be hosted by the University of Vermont. Participants are selected on a regional basis from two designated regions for Alpine skiing (East and West Regions) and three designated regions for Nordic skiing (Central, East and West Regions). Bids are awarded to regions using a formula determined by the skiing committee. A maximum of 12 student-athletes (three per gender per discipline) may participate from an institution. Nordic events will be held March 9 and 11 at Trapp Family Lodge. The men’s 10-kilometer and women’s five-kilometer freestyle cross-country races will be conducted March 9. The women’s 15-kilometer and men’s 20-kilometer classical races will…

Nanooks Land 11 Skiers On USCSCA All-Academic Team

FAIRBANKS, Alaska – The Alaska Nanooks had eleven skiers, including six men and five women, named to the United States Collegiate Skiing Coaches Association’s All-Academic Team announced Monday. To be eligible, student-athletes must have competed in the regional championships and have a fall semester/quarter grade-point average of 3.50 or higher (on a 4.00 scale). The list includes 266 student-athletes from 25 schools. For the men, all six of the Nanooks’ NCAA Regional participants made the cut – Alex Morris, David Norris, John Parry, Ray Sabo, Erik Soderstrom and Lex Treinen. The women’s honorees are Heather Edic, Rebecca Konieczny, Marit Rjabov,Theresia Schnurr and Raphaela Sieber. Norris, Trienen, Schnurr, Sieber will represent the Blue and Gold at the NCAA Skiing Championships in Stowe, Vermont, March 9-12, along with sophomore Tyler Kornfield. Original article can be read at this link

EISA: Brennan dethrones Patterson at EISA Championships, Dartmouth women are tops

Rosie Brennan ended Caitlin Patterson’s impressive run of first place finishes with a win of her own on Sunday in the final day of EISA Championship racing.  Brennan nipped Patterson by three seconds at the finish, with Patterson’s UVM teammate Amy Glen hot on her heels, just one second back in third. Dartmouth packed a remarkable six women in the top ten to take the women’s team win with Erika Flowers, Annie Hart and Isabel Caldwell in 4th, 5th, 6th and Sophie Caldwell and Steph Crocker in 9th and 10th.   UVM had Lucy Garrec in 7th and Bates was led by Natalie Ruppertsburger in 8th to round out the top ten. Complete Women’s Results Complete EISA Women’s NCAA Ranking List Team Scores

EISA: Packer gets second win of the weekend, Dartmouth men edge UVM

Eric Packer got his second win of the weekend in the men’s 20K classic, with UVM’s Scott Patterson in second, eight seconds back.   After a string of 5th place finishes, Dimitri Luthi from Williams made it to the podium in his final carnival of the year with a third place finish. Despite putting four in the top ten, UVM couldn’t overcome Dartmouth’s top finishers, Packer and fourth place finisher David Sinclair.   Behind Patterson, UVM had Fritz Horst in 6th, Franz Bernstein in 8th and Alex Howe in 10th, to take second place in the men’s race. The Williams men placed third overall as a team with Luthi in 3rd and Keith Kantack in 9th, while Middlebury freshman Ben Lustgarten continued his hot season with a 5th place finish to lead the Panthers.  UMPI’s Welly Ramsey was 7th overall.       PL BIB NAME                     TEAM            TIME      PTS   NCAA      1     3 PACKER, Eric             DAR        1:01:33.2  50.0        100      2     4 PATTERSON, Scott         UVM        1:01:41.5  47.0         80      3     5 LUTHI, Dimitri           WIL        1:01:45.2  44.0         60      4    14 SINCLAIR, David          DAR        1:02:11.9  41.0         50      5    21 LUSTGARTEN, Benjamin     MID        1:02:47.6  39.0         45      6     7 HORST, Fritz             UVM        1:02:58.4  37.0         40      7    30 RAMSEY, Wellington       UMPI       1:02:59.1  35.0         36      8     2 BERNSTEIN, Franz         UVM        1:03:41.6  33.0         32      9    11 KANTACK, Keith           WIL        1:03:42.2  31.0         29…

EISA: Dartmouth’s Packer & Lacy, UVM’s Howe are top 3 in 10K Freestyle

Eric Packer picked up where he left off last weekend at Middlebury and rolled to an impressive 42 second win over teammate Scott Lacy.  Despite not starting Sam Tarling (DNS) and Nils Koons (racing at the World Championships, representing New Zealand), Dartmouth did not miss a beat and added a fifth place finish by Erik Fagerstrom to trump UVM in men’s racing this morning.  UVM, led by Alex Howe in 3rd place, also had strong performances from Scott Patterson in 4th and Franz Bernstein in 6th. Complete Men’s Results PL   BIB NAME                        TEAM            TIME      PTS   NCAA 1    55 PACKER, Eric                DAR            27:58.0   50.0         100 2    37 LACY, Scott                 DAR            28:40.0   47.0          80 3    35 HOWE, Alexander             UVM            28:41.7   44.0          60 4    56 PATTERSON, Scott            UVM            28:42.4   41.0          50 5    12 FAGERSTROM, Erik            DAR            28:45.5   39.0          45 6    49 BERNSTEIN, Franz            UVM            29:15.5   37.0          40 7    61 RAMSEY, Wellington          UMPI           29:25.0   35.0          36 8    11 VERMEER, Gordon P           DAR            29:44.2                 32 9    59 CLEMENCE, Andrew            UNH            29:56.5   33.0          29 10    20 DETHIER, Evan               WIL            29:59.1   31.0          26