UAF Sports Briefs – Jan. 26, 2010
By Reba Lean
Sun Star Reporter
The swimmers took off to Pennsylvania and Washington this week to battle some Bears, Vulcans and Redhawks. The visiting Nanooks didn’t win any meets on the road, but did take some of the races in their first meets since Nov. 21.
Monday, the team was in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, going up against the Golden Bears. While two Nanook relay teams took two separate races, and senior Felina Rosadiuk won two freestyle sprints, the Bears came out on top.
In California, Pennsylvania on Tuesday, the hardy Nanook swimmers looked to be the victors at first. Six wins and five second places in the races put the ladies ahead of the Vulcans going into the final 400-yard freestyle relay, 94-89. But first and second place wins from the Californians placed the Vulcans on top for a heart-wrenching win of 104-96.
Wednesday, up against Seattle University, the Nooks won four of their events thanks to junior Mariya Pavlovskaya, Rosadiuk and medley relay teammates sophomore Courtney Nichols and junior Kelly Becker. Seattle took the meet 130-74 after sweeping four of the five final events.
Next, the swimmers travel to Long Beach, California to compete in the Pacific Collegiate Swimming Conference Championships starting Feb. 10.
The men’s and women’s paired ski teams delivered one-two punches at the Minnesota College Relays Sunday Jan. 17. The men’s first place duo consisted of senior Ray Sabo and sophomore Henri Soom. In second place were Alex Morris and John Parry squeaking ahead of the third place team by a hundredth of a second.
The top women skiers were seniors Aurelia Korthauer and Anna Coulter who outpaced their second place teammates Julia Pierson and Elisabeth Angeles by nearly two seconds.
The highest ranked rifle team in the nation fell to number two Thursday. The West Virginia Mountaineers, defending national champs, beat out the Nooks 4653-4634. This is the second year in a row that the Alaskan team has lost to the Mountaineers, but they still hold more wins in the all-time series between the two universities. Freshman Dustin Chesebro took second in air gun, while junior Cody Rutter and senior Jace Bures tied for second in smallbore. The team will spend the next few weeks at home preparing for the NCAA qualifying match in mid February.