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NMU Dominates College Cup at U.S. Nationals

After the points were tallied following the first two days of racing at the 2016 U.S. Cross Country Ski Championships, Northern Michigan University claimed top honors in the men’s, women’s and combined team competition. Overall individual winners Fredrik Schwencke and Vivian Hett also hail from NMU.

NMU dominated the combined team scores, accumulating 829 points over Dartmouth’s 755. University of Alaska Fairbanks claimed third (727). This is the second consecutive year NMU has won the overall College Cup title under head nordic coach Sten Fjeldheim.

The College Cup is determined based on results from the first two days of racing at U.S. Nationals, held this year in Houghton, Michigan at the Michigan Tech trails. The races included a 15-kilometer individual start classic race for the men and 10-kilometer classic race for the women, as well as 1.5- kilometer freestyle sprints. The top collegian in each event is awarded 72 points and subsequent points are awarded descending from 72 through the collegiate results. Only the top three skiers from each school are scored, so any subsequent team members are skipped when awarding points.

The NMU men’s team claimed the team title over Dartmouth and was led by Fredrik Schwencke, who also claimed Grand Champion honors as the top overall individual. Schwencke was the top collegian in the sprint race as he skied to fourth place overall. Schwencke also scored as the third collegian and 21st overall in the classic distance race. Gaspard Cuenot of Michigan Tech and Cully Brown of University of Vermont claimed second and third individual College Cup honors.

Fredrick Schwencke competes in the freestyle sprints at U.S. Nationals. Schwencke placed fourth overall and was the first collegian in the event. (photo: Christopher Schmidt)

Fredrick Schwencke competes in the freestyle sprints at U.S. Nationals. Schwencke placed fourth overall and was the first collegian in the event. (photo: Christopher Schmidt)

NMU skiers dominated the men’s 15k classic race as Adam Martin took third overall and Ian Torchia claimed seventh as the top two collegians. Krystof Kopal and Jake Brown were the eighth and tenth collegians in the sprint and contributed to NMU’s team score.

The NMU women also topped Dartmouth for the team title. The Wildcats were led by Vivian Hett who also claimed the Grand Champion individual title. Hett was the second collegian in both races, taking 13th overall in the distance race and 18th overall in the sprints.   Alayna Sonnesyn of University of Vermont and Corey Stock of Dartmouth took second and third in the individual standings respectively.

Vivan Hett competes in the 10k classic event at U.S. Nationals. Hett placed 13th in the event as the second collegian (photo: Christopher Schmidt)

Vivan Hett competes in the 10k classic event at U.S. Nationals. Hett placed 13th in the event as the second collegian (photo: Christopher Schmidt)

In addition to Hett, NMU’s team score was augmented by strong performances from Sarah Bezdick, Sophie Schimple, and Lea Buenter. Bezdick claimed the top collegian in the sprint, taking 17th place overall. Schimpl was the third collegian in the sprint and fifth in the distance race. Buenter rounded out NMU’s scorers as the ninth collegian in the distance event.

 

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148 Skiers to Compete at 2015 NCAA Championships

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RMISA Regional Championship – VIDEO

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NCAA Central Regionals: Michigan Tech’s Axelsson, NMU’s Schwencke Win Classic Distance Races

(CCSA press release) Michigan Tech’s Ulrika Axelsson and Northern Michigan’s Fredrik Schwencke won the final event of the NCAA Central Regional Championships, held at Al Quaal Park in Ishpeming, Michigan. The women’s 15-kilometer classic mass start race was led out of the gates by Michigan Tech’s Deedra Irwin. As Michigan Tech Head Coach Joe Haggenmiller explained the race, “after the first climb Deedra stretched the field out and got a gap. After that she skied relaxed, and Ulrika [Axelsson] bridged the gap to Deedra near the end of the first lap along with Felicia [Gesior].” By the end of the first lap at 5 kilometers Irwin and Axelsson were leading the race with Gesior of NMU skiing along with them. The rest of the women’s field trailed the leading three by more than 10 seconds. Chasing the leaders was a group led by Alaska Fairbanks duo Ann-Cathrin Uhl and Nichole…

NCAA Central Regionals: NMU’s Soderman, Michigan Tech’s Flanders win Skate Races

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Flanders, Soderman Win Skate Races at CCSA Champs; St. Scholastica Takes Team Titles

Michigan Tech’s Alice Flanders and Northern Michigan University’s Erik Soderman won the individual start freestyle race at the CCSA Distance Championships on Saturday, February 14th at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. Cold temperatures delayed the start by an hour until the air warmed to -4 degrees Fahrenheit, the minimum temperature allowed for competitions. Flanders proved that she remains the woman to beat in freestyle at Wirth Park, winning the 10 kilometer event with a time of 13:53.2. Flanders, a senior at Michigan Tech grew up in Crystal, Minnesota skiing the trails at Wirth Park. “No doubt about it, she feels good skating on that course when it’s compact, straight man-made snow,” said Michigan Tech Head Coach Joe Haggenmiller. “This one’s kind of in our wheelhouse.” Taking second place, 11.1 seconds behind the pace of Flanders was Northern Michigan’s Jordyn Ross. In third place was St. Scholastica’s Sharmila Ahmed, taking her first individual…

Northern Michigan’s Gesior, Schwencke Win Classic Mass Starts at CCSA Distance Champs

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EISA Field Mingles with Nation’s Top Racers at Dartmouth Carnival

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St. Scholastica Sweeps CCSA Relay Championships

The College of St. Scholastica (CSS) swept the top of the podium Saturday at the CCSA Relay Championships, winning on home snow at Spirit Mountain Nordic Center in Duluth, Minnesota. The women’s 3 x 7 kilometer freestyle relay was led out of the gates by Michigan Tech’s Ulrika Axelsson with St. Scholastica’s Anita Kirvesniemi and Liz Peterson skiing in close pursuit. Axelsson held the lead for her entire leg, handing off to teammate Lisa Koenig just ahead of Kirvesniemi and Peterson. Kirvesniemi of CSS 1 tagged off to Ellie Evans, and Peterson of CSS 2 handed off to Chelsey Youngberg. The two St. Scholastica teams quickly took control of the race, with Evans and Youngberg pulling away from Michigan Tech’s Koenig. Evans handed off to CSS 1 anchor leg Sharmila Ahmed with a 31-second advantage over CSS 2’s anchor skier Allison Ternes. Michigan Tech’s Koenig tagged off to Alice Flanders 23 seconds behind…