Senior Miles Havlick claims second career national title in men's 20-km Freestyle.
Sloan Storey takes fifth in women's 5-km Classic.
Havlick wins second career RMISA title.
Two Utes on podium of men's 10-km Classical.
Has won four consecutive races and five overall.
Kevin Sweeney is entering the third season of his second stint as Director of Skiing at the University of Utah. He returned to lead the Utah program in September of 2010 and has led the Utes to back-to-back runner-up finishes at the NCAA Championships in 2011 and 2012.
In addition to its pair of second-place finishes at the national meet in 2011 and 2012, Utah won the NCAA West Regional/ Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Skiing Association championship last season after finished second in 2011. The Utes have been awarded the RMISA regular-season title each of the last two seasons as well.
Not only was Sweeney's squad successful on the course during the 2012 season, but it also performed at a high level in academics, personal development and community service as evidenced by winning the Utah athletic department's 2011-12 Utes Cup, the annual team-by-team competition that awards points for the following: academic and athletic performance, personal development (i.e. attending Life Skills events), community service, attendance at Crimson Games and SAAC/SAM participation.
Individually, Miles Havlick has been named Ski Racing Magazine's Nordic Collegiate Skier of the Year each of the last two seasons. Havlick claimed his first career national title in the men's 20k classical race by 1.5 seconds over Montana State's David Norris.
Maria Graefnings won her second career national title at the 2012 NCAA Championships 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. Graefnings earned Ski Racing Magazine's Nordic Collegiate Skiers of the Year in 2011 and was was also recognized as Utah's nomination for the Pac-12 Conference Woman of the Year. She was honored as the FasterSkier.com 2011 Women's Collegiate Skier of the Year and the RMISA's Female Skier of the Year and the Women's Nordic MVP.
Sweeney continues to build a solid reputation in the ranks of collegiate ski racing and now plans to carry on the Ute ski team's tradition of excellence. As the leader of a program that is so rich in tradition and vying for the NCAA title each year, Sweeney emphasizes excellence in the classroom and on the racecourse. In eight seasons under Sweeney's direction, the Utes experienced a great deal of national success. In addition to the school's 11th NCAA title in 2003, the Utes have captured three NCAA runner-up finishes and three bronze medals while earning 18 NCAA individual championships, 41 All-American honors and four Olympians.
Sweeney is a two-time recipient of Utah's prestigious Don Reddish Award (2003 and 2011), which is presented annually to the coach of a sport other than football, men's and women's basketball and gymnastics, who is deemed to have had the most successful season the previous year. Sweeney also chaired the NCAA Skiing Rules Committee and was also a member of the United States Ski and Snowboard Association's Cross Country Skiing Committee He was also an assistant on the U.S. Ski Team coaching staff at the World Championships in Ramsau, Austria.
Sweeney became an assistant coach with the Utah ski program in 1991, he was given the opportunity to work with one of the most prominent ski programs in the nation. His first stretch as the Director of Skiing ran from 2000-05. Sweeney remained active in the ski community during his hiatus as the National Director of Competition for Swix Sport USA.
As a competitive skier, Sweeney represented the University of New Hampshire in NCAA competition and represented the U.S. Ski Team in World Cup competition at Mountain Dell, Utah, and Biwabik, Minn. He graduated from UNH cum laude in 1985. An avid outdoorsman, Sweeney immensely enjoys the mountains and desert of Utah.