Junior Katrin Smigun hasn't lost a race thus far this season and is hopeful to carry this outstanding accomplishment into the NCAA Championships.
Feb. 23, 2003
WINTER PARK, Colo. - The University of Utah ski team currently sits in third-place after completing day one of the RMISA Regional Championships in Winter Park, Colo. Utah's 267 point total wasn't enough to surpass rivals Denver (290.5) and Colorado (290) as they hold on to first and second place.
"I'm very happy with this result at this point," said Head Coach Kevin Sweeney. "The main reason is that the alpine team finished everyone in the slalom race, which we have had some difficulty doing in the past. We skied conservative, but everyone finished and that's impressive."
The women's alpine team placed its three scores in the top 10. Senior Petra Svet came away with a time of 1:29.5 to place sixth in the SL event. Lina Johansson was right behind Svet, skiing to a time of 1:29.83 to place seventh. Sophomore Rowena Bright, back from Europe after competing at the World Championships, finished the day skiing ninth.
"It was great to see our women's alpine team skiing exceptionally well," Sweeney said. "Petra lead the women scoring sixth. Lina skied well and it was also great to see Rowena scoring in the top 10 after coming back from the World Championships."
The women's cross country team was piloted by junior Katrin Smigun, who remains undefeated this season. Smigun finished the 5 km skate event with a time of 14:55.7, beating out the competition by 20 seconds. Barbro Hatlevik placed in the top 10 skiing eighth with an impressive overall time of 15:45.8. Sara Svendsen skied to a solid 12th-place finish. Teammates Anna Spraque and Ashley McQueen grabbed 21st and 22nd place, while sophomore Kjersti Veum finished 27th.
On the men's side, it was senior Ryan Quinn leading the team with his sixth-place finish, followed by fellow senior Zack Simons who placing 10th. Freshman Jess Kiesel rounded out the Utes' third score in the 10 km freestyle by skiing 14th.
"Ryan Quinn showed exceptional leadership on the men's side," said Sweeney. "Overall the men skied well, but I know they can ski better. I'm optimistic and anxious for tomorrow. We have a very good classical team with the cross country squad and we also have an exceptional alpine team for the giant slalom. It would be nice to wrap up this event on a high note, so we can focus on the NCAA Championships."
The Ute skiers will have at it again, tomorrow, Feb. 24, as the team competes in the 10 and 15 km classical and the giant slalom events. After day two of the RMISA Regional Championship is completed, the Utes will gear up to ski in the 2003 NCAA Championships.