Rocky men repeat as dual slalom champions

2014-03-15T19:45:00Z 2014-03-16T00:24:04Z Rocky men repeat as dual slalom champions The Billings Gazette
March 15, 2014 7:45 pm

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Rocky Mountain College's men repeated as national champion in the dual slalom races on Saturday as the 36th United States Collegiate Ski Association finals came to a close on Whiteface Mountain.

The Battlin' Bears beat rival Sierra Nevada College 5-3 in the finals. Rocky's team included Erik Hogbom, Harlan Collins, Nils Hogbom and Andrija Vukovic.

The Hogbom brothers won two races apiece, while Collins delivered the clinching victory, Rocky coach Jerry Wolf said.

Collins and Nils Hogbom were also on last year's title team.

The event, which started last year, includes head-to-head racing down two separate courses on Drapers Drop. The short courses feature giant slalom gates and about a four-foot jump in the middle.

Eighteen teams competed for the national title.

For the women, Rocky tied for second with Clarkson University. Sierra Nevada College and St. Olaf College tied for first.

A bracketing snafu led to the ties, Wolf said.

Skiing for the Bears were Frida Svedberg, Eloise Julliand, Mallory Kelley and Fredrika Hjelm.

On Friday, Rocky's women captured their first national team title in the combined (giant slalom and slalom). The men placed sixth.

"They're super excited," Wolf said of his women. "I think they've decided on getting championship rings."

Wolf said Rocky will honor its ski champs with a ceremony on Tuesday at noon in the Fortin Center.

Rocky's Svedberg and Julliand finished 1-2 in the women's combined individual results at nationals. Svedberg won both the GS and slalom.

Hjelm of Rocky was fifth in the combined.

Rocky's Collins was third among the men.

The top five finishers in the combined for men and women earned first-team All-America status.

Rocky's Erik Hogbom (slalom) and Nils Hogbom (GS) were also crowned national champions.

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