DU's Komsic, CU's Ketterer Win RMISA Qualifier Races

Sunday, January 15, 2017 • by Brooke Fredrickson, RMSIA

HUNTSVILLE, Utah—Denver's Andrea Komsic and Colorado's David Ketterer won the RMISA slalom qualifier races, hosted by Utah at Snowbasin Resort, on Sunday afternoon.

It was the first career collegiate win for the Pioneer freshman in the women's race. Denver took two of the three podium spots as Monica Huebner earned her second podium of the season with a third-place finish, and had four total in the top 10 with Tuva Norbye placing seventh with Storm Klomhaus in ninth. Utah and Colorado each had a pair of skiers in the top 10 with the Utes' Julie Mohagen placing second for her first podium of the year and Roni Remme earning fifth while the Buffs' saw Nora Christensen finish fourth with Tonja Trulsrud in eighth. Westminster's Sofija Novoselic placed sixth and Montana State's Stephanie Gartner in 10th were also in the top 10.

For the men, Ketterer has won all three slalom races contended this season. Also in the top 10 for CU was Max Luukko in fourth. New Mexico's Vegard Busengdal finished second for his second-straight podium with Rob Greig in eighth for the Lobos. Montana State's Garret Driller earned his second podium of the year with a third-place finish with teammate Morten Bakke in 10th. Alaska-Anchorage's Hughston Norton earned his best finish of the year with a fifth-place run. Denver placed three skiers in the top 10: Sebastian Brigovic (sixth), Nick Santaniello (seventh) and Tanner Farrow (ninth).

The RMISA slalom qualifier races, which do not count towards any team scoring, are used as an extra opportunity for skiers to earn qualification points for the NCAA Championships at the end of the season.

The RMISA is off next week to prepare for a trip to Alaska for two meets, the Alaska Anchorage Invitational and Seawolf Invitational. Teams compete at Alyeska Resort from Jan. 25-28.

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