Jan. 11, 2015
Utah Invitational Day 3 Results
PARK CITY, UTAH - University of Denver sophomore Sebastian Brigovic (Rijeka, Croatia), fresh off of winning the giant slalom on Saturday, won the men's slalom Sunday at the Utah Invitational in dramatic fashion, holding off Tim Lindgren of Westminster College by a mere .01.
"Sebastian skied well on the first run and took advantage of starting with bib number two," said Denver head coach Andy LeRoy. "He fought hard on the second run through some challenging course conditions to hold on to the victory by the narrowest of margins."
DU's Taylor Shiffrin (Avon, Colo.) gained the podium with a third place finish, just .15 off the lead. Alex Leever (Vail, Colo.) turned in an impressive seventh place effort for the Pioneers.
"Taylor was outstanding this entire weekend," LeRoy commented. "To follow up his success in the GS with another podium finish today only confirms that he is now among the elite of college skiing. And Alex, this being his first college slalom was impressive, beating the entire field except for his teammates and only a few others. Good start for a freshman."
Freshman Monica HÃ¼bner (Garmish-Partenkrichen, Germany) scored points for the Pioneers with a second place finish in the women's slalom, just behind CU's Thea Grosvold. This after an encouraging fifth place showing in Friday's giant slalom.
"Monica is a really good skier and is going to be a podium threat every time she skis," LeRoy said. "It should come as no surprise for her to finish close to the top."
Kristine Haugen (Lommedalen, Norway) finished fifth for DU with Tianda Carroll (Jasper, Alberta) placing 18th with Devin Delaney (North Conway, N.H.) ending up in 19th place.
In Midway, Utah, DU sophomore Sylvia Nordskar (BÃ¦rum, Norway) won the women's Nordic freestyle 5K event, 13.3 seconds better than Mackenzie Kanady of Anchorage-Alaska. Selma Ahlsand (Oslo, Norway) finished in 13th position for the Pioneers.
"It was a positive start to the RMISA season for us, coming away with podiums for both the men and women," said Nordic head coach David Stewart. "Sylvia has taken a step forward in the off-season and that has been clear in her early season races as well as in today's dominant performance. Selma Ahlsand (Oslo, Norway) was also impressive in 13th in her first race at altitude, so it was a great starting-point for her college career."
In the men's Nordic freestyle 10K, DU sophomore Moritz Madlener (Sulzberg, Bavaria) reached the podium with a third place finish, 25.3 seconds behind the winner, Mads Stroem of Colorado. Jorgen Brevik (Trondeim, Norway) finished in 20th place for Denver.
"Moritz's third place today behind 2014's individual NCAA Champions Mads Stroem and Rune Oedegaard from CU demonstrates the progression Moritz has made over the summer and fall, especially with his freestyle skiing," Stewart explained. "Joergen, Christian (Stanley) and Sam (Miller) each had positive races today and are moving in the right direction. As always, our goal is to progress through the season and have our best races in March, and today was a good step toward our ultimate goal of defending our NCAA Championship."
The classic will take place tomorrow, also in Midway, Utah.
"We are looking forward to the mass start classic tomorrow and are hoping to land a few athletes on the podium and take a step up from today as a team," Stewart said.
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