Skiers Prepare For National Championships

Skiers Prepare For National Championships

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University Nordic Skiing team will send six skiers to the NCAA National Championships, hosted by the University of Vermont and will take place in Stowe, Vermont at the Trapp Family Lodge.

WEEKLY NOTES

  FOLLOW ALONG

Both races feature a live stream through the NCAA website. Follow @NMU_Wildcats on Twitter for continued updates throughout the week.

WEDNESDAY'S FREESTYLE RACE VIDEO: https://www.ncaa.com/event/skiing/nc/2019/03/06/nc-skiing--freestyle

FRIDAY'S CLASSIC RACE VIDEO: https://www.ncaa.com/event/skiing/nc/2019/03/08/nc-skiing--classical

  THE SCHEDULE

Nordic events will be held Wednesday, March 6 and on Friday, March 8. On Wednesday, the skiers will compete in the Freestyle race, then will do the Classic race on Friday. The Wildcats have sent a full team once again this year, with three men and three women competing for NMU.

  THE WOMEN

On the women's side, Senior Nicole Schneider (Plymouth, Minn.), Junior Julie Ensrud (Saltnes, Norway) and freshman Abigail Jarzin (Green Bay, Wis.) qualified to compete.  

This is Schneider's second-straight appearance at the Nationals while Jarzin and Ensrud both make their first appearance. Jarzin won the 5K Freestyle at the NCAA Central Regionals. 

The trio were all named First-Team All-CCSA and All-Region A-Team as well.

  THE MEN'S SIDE

Senior Ian Torchia (Rochester, Minn.), junior Zak Ketterson (Bloomington, Minn.) and sophomore Kjetil Baanerud (Oslo, Norway) each qualified on the men's side.  Torchia and Baanerud were named All-Region A Team. Ketterson did not compete at the Regional.

Torchia was the National Champion last season in the 20K Freestyle and was fifth for his his second First-Team All-America honor in the 10K Classic last season.

Baanerud finished 10th in the 10K Classic and 18th in the 20k Freestyle to earn Second Team All-America distinction in both races.

Ketterson has qualified for the third time, however, he was unable to compete last season at the National Championships due to illness.