Utes take second in Colorado
January 30, 2015
ELDORA, Colorado — Sophomore Chloe Fausa earned her second win of the season in the giant slalom while senior Kristiina Rove finished on the podium as the University of Utah Ski Team finished second at the Colorado Invitational on Monday, Jan. 26.
Fausa, who was sixth after the first run and had the fastest second run to move into first, has three podium finishes this year for the Utes, all in the giant slalom. She is currently ranked 59th in the world in the event. Fausa has four career victories.
Rove also earned her third podium of the year with a third-place finish, giving her 11 career podium finishes. Lauren Samuels was Utah’s third scorer, finishing 12th, while Ana Kobal placed 14th. Teagen Palmer crossed the line 22nd while Nora Eide did not finish her first run.
For the men, Andy Trow and Joergen Brath tied for eighth. It was Trow’s fourth top-10 finish of the year and Brath’s second. Endre Bjertness finished 14th while Dominic Demschar and Tim Hirbar both did not finish their first runs.
Colorado won its second-straight meet this year with 668 points, followed by the Utes (631). Denver finished third (585.5) followed by New Mexico (476) in fourth and Alaska-Anchorage in fifth (436).
"This was a very solid Invite for us," Utah Director of Skiing Kevin Sweeney said. "The overall result reflects our ability to score well in all disciplines. It is impressive when we can land skiers on the podium! The team result also reflects where we can improve and there is no question we are looking closely at each discipline and will make some adjustments. I would like to see more consistency scoring three in the top-10 in all disciplines.
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"The staff did an excellent job with training leading up to the events and I believe we carried forth excellent motivation from the Utah Invite," Sweeney continued. "Everyone was pretty fired up for this event and it’s a good feeling having everyone charging.
"Once again I am very pleased with this squad. We have opened the season well. I feel we have much upside to ski to our fullest capabilities, so I am encouraging my athletes and staff to be confident in making the next steps. I think the athletes are ready to respond. The team is having fun throwing down after such a long training period. It’s all-chips-in at this point as NCAA qualifying is already getting hot."
Next up for the Utes is a trip to New Mexico for the New Mexico Invitational this weekend. After that, the team is off until a trip to Alaska Feb. 23-28.
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