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Championships On The Line In Bozeman

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 • by Brooke Frederickson, RMISA

BOZEMAN, Mont.—The RMISA travels to Montana for the RMISA Championships/NCAA West Regional this weekend. Action begins on Thursday, Feb. 27, with an RMISA giant slalom qualifier before moving into the meet on Friday with the giant slalom and 5/10-km freestyle races. The championship continues on Saturday, Feb. 29, with the slalom and 15/20-km classic races.

Thursday's RMISA giant slalom qualifier does not count towards any team scoring but is used as an extra opportunity for skiers to earn qualification points for the NCAA Championships.

Utah won the RMISA regular-season championship after winning all three meets this year. Utah has scored over 700 points in every meet, including setting an RMISA record under the current scoring rubric (implemented in 2014) with 745 points in the Colorado Invitational.

Men's Alpine Skiers to Watch
  • Utah's Joachim Lien leads the RMISA with five wins this year, including four in the slalom, and also has a league-high six podium finishes. He has three-straight victories.
  • Utah's Addison Dvoracek has a giant slalom win this year and is tied for second in the league with four podium finishes.
  • Montana State's Aage Solehim is also tied for second in the league with four podium finishes and is tied for the league lead with seven top-five finishes.
  • Other skiers with wins this year are Westminster's Mikkel Slobakken, Denver's Tobias Kogler and Colorado's Joey Young. All three skiers have two podium finishes each.
  • Other skiers with multiple podiums are Colorado's Filip Forejtek, Denver's Colby Lane and Westminster's Mikkel Wahl.
  • Denver's Simon Fournier has also had strong slalom results since coming off the World Cup circuit.
Women's Alpine Skiers to Watch
  • Colorado's Mikaela Tommy has won all four giant slalom races this season and leads the league with seven podium finishes.
  • Denver's Amelia Smart has three slalom wins on the year.
  • Colorado's Stef Fleckenstein has slalom win and is tied for second in the league with four podium finishes.
  • Denver's Storm Klomhaus has a slalom win, two podiums and is tied for third in the league with four top-five finishes.
  • Utah's Eirin Engeset is tied for second in the league with four podium finishes.
  • Other skiers with multiple podiums are Denver's Andrea Komsic (the only skier in the league to finish in the top 10 in every race) and Eleri Smart.
Men's Nordic Skiers to Watch
  • Several skiers will not be available due to competing in the U23 and Junior World Championships, including Utah's Samuel Hendry, Logan Diekmann and Luke Jager, Montana State's Zanden McMullen and JC Schoonmaker.
  • Colorado's Magnus Boee has three race wins on the year and is tied for the league lead with five podium finishes.
  • Alaska Anchorage's Sigurd Roenning has a win and is tied for the league lead with five podium finishes.
  • Utah's Maximilian Bie has win and three podium finishes.
  • Denver's Bernhard Flaschberger has a victory, two podiums and four top-five finishes.
Women's Nordic Skiers to Watch
  • Utah's Guro Jordheim has won five of the eight races this year and leads the league with seven podium finishes. She has not finished lower than fourth this year.
  • Denver's Eveliina Piippo has two wins and is tied for second in the league with three podium finishes.
  • Utah's Leah Lange also has a win this year and is tied for second in the league with three podium finishes and five top-five finishes.
  • Other skiers with multiple podiums are Utah's Mariah Bredal and Colorado's Anne-Siri Lervik. They each have three podium finishes, which is tied for second in the league.

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