Rocky skier Svedberg places 11th

2014-02-08T15:45:00Z 2014-02-08T23:47:04Z Rocky skier Svedberg places 11th The Billings Gazette
February 08, 2014 3:45 pm

RED RIVER, N.M. -- Rocky Mountain College freshman Frida Svedberg finished 11th on Saturday in the women's slalom at the Jade Enterprises/University of New Mexico Invitational at Red River.

The meet included many of the top NCAA ski teams from the western U.S.

Svedberg completed her two runs with a total time of 1:35.93. NCAA champion Kristine Gjelsten Haugen of the University of Denver was the winner at 1:33.19.

For the men, Rocky sophomore Nils Hogbom was 17th at 1:35.42. The winning time of 1:33.70 was posted by NCAA  champion Joonas Rasanen of the University of New Mexico. 

Hogbom is a reigning national champion in the United States Collegiate Ski Association.

"Definitely the competition is more intense," Rocky coach Jerry Wolf said of the racing. "There's a lot of big guns down here, but we're skiing very well."

Rocky sophomore Eloise Julliand, who is also a reigning USCSA champion, placed 38th for the women at 1:43.62.

Harlan Collins of Rocky wound up 33rd for the men at 1:39.00.

During Friday's slaloms, Svedberg was 12th (1:37.92) and Julliand placed 24th (1:41.67). Tonje Sekse of Utah's Westminster College was first at 1:35.32.

Collins was the lone Rocky skier to complete two runs for the men, placing 29th at 1:38.37.

Juho-Pekka Penttinen of the University of New Mexico was first at 1:32.88.

The Rocky skiers will be in Jackson, Wyo., next weekend for the Western Region FIS Elite races at Snow King Resort.

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