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Alpine Returns to Action at Utah Invitational

Friday, February 21, 2020 • by Brooke Frederickson, RMISA

PARK CITY, Utah—The RMISA alpine teams return to collegiate action this weekend at the Utah Invitational, hosted at Park City Mountain Resort from Feb. 22-23 with Utah also hosting an RMISA slalom qualifier on Feb. 24.

Races begin on Saturday, Feb. 22, with the giant slalom followed by the slalom on Sunday, Feb. 23, both counting for the Utah Invitational. Monday's RMISA slalom qualifier does not count towards any team scoring and is used as an extra opportunity for skiers to earn qualification points for the NCAA Championships at the end of the season. Action will begin each day at approximately 9:15 a.m.

The Utes lead the Utah Invitational following the Nordic portion of the meet with 387 points, 70 points ahead of Alaska Anchorage (317) and 104.5 points ahead of third-place Denver (282.5).

Utah has been the top overall alpine team in both meets this year, the Denver Invitational and Colorado Invitational, with the Utes the top overall men's team. The Utes have won both meets as a team this season. Denver was the top women's alpine team at the CU Invite while Colorado was the top women's team at the DU Invite.

The alpine teams last raced collegiately on Jan. 17.

Women's Skiers to Watch
  • Colorado's Mikaela Tommy has won all three giant slalom races this season. She leads the league with five podium finishes.
  • Colorado's Stef Fleckenstein has a slalom win and is second in the league with three podium finishes this season.
  • Denver's Storm Klomhaus has a slalom win, two podium finishes and three top-five finishes in her three races this year.
  • Denver's Amelia Smart has a slalom win this year in the two races she has competed this season.
  • Utah's Eirin Engeset also has multiple podium finishes this season (2).
  • Denver's Andrea Komsic has three top-five finishes on the year along with one podium.
  • Other skiers who have earned podium finishes are Montana State's Nellie Talbot and Haley Cutler, Utah's Roni Remme and Denver's Eleri Smart.
Men's Skiers to Watch
  • Utah's Joachim Lien leads the league with two wins this year and is tied for second in the league with three podium finishes and four top-five finishes.
  • Utah's Addison Dvoracek has a giant slalom win and is tied for second in the league with three podium finishes.
  • Montana State's Aage Solheim leads the league with four podium finishes and six top-five finishes.
  • Denver's Tobias Kogler and Westminster's Mikkel Slobakken each have a giant slalom win and two podiums. They are tied for second in the league with four top-five finishes.
  • Colorado's Joey Young has a slalom win with two podiums and three top-five finishes.
  • Westminster's Mikkel Wahl also has multiple podium finishes this year (2).

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