NMU Skiing Earns Postseason Honors With Six Qualifying for NCAA Championships

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MARQUETTE, Mi. Northern Michigan University Nordic Skiing saw a total of 10 student-athletes were named to the All-CCSA Team while 13 earned All-Region honors. Head Coach Sten Fjeldheim was named the Men's and Women's Regional Coach of the Year. The Wildcats also had three men and three women qualify for the NCAA Championship meet.

Fjeldheim guided both teams to victory in the NCAA Central Regional, including individual first place in both the men's and women's Freestyle races. He also guided NMU to victories in each CCSA race this season as well.

Three men and three women were named First Team All-CCSA. On the men's side junior Zak Ketterson (Bloomington, Minn.), sophomore Kjetil Baanerud (Oslo, Norway) and junior Mathias Aas-Rolid (Redalen, Norway) were selected. Senior Nicole Schneider (Plymouth Minn.), freshman Abigail Jarzin (Green Bay, Wis.) and junior Julie Ensrud (Saltnes, Norway) were honored with First-Team s election on the women's side.

Second Team All-CCSA included senior Ian Torchia (Rochester, Minn.), sophomore Xavier Mansfield (Minneapolis, Minn.), senior Sarah Bezdicek (Osseo, Minn.) and senior Sophie McDonald (Park City, Utah).

After this past weekend's regional meet, All-Region was announced with 13 Wildcats earning distinction.

For the men's team, Torchia, Mansfield and Baanerud were All-Region A-Team with Aas-Rolid being named to the All-Region B-Team in the 10K Freestyle Saturday. In Sunday's 20K Classic, Aas-Rolid and Mansfield earned another All-Region A-Team honor while junior Lars Soensterud (Oslo, Norway) was named to the B-Team.

In the women's 5K Freestyle, Jarzin and Schneider earned A-Team honors with McDonald, Ensrud, Matter and Bezdicek getting B-Team recognition. Sunday saw Ensrud named All-Region A-Team with McDonald, freshman Katerina Hyncicova (Liberec, Czech Republic) and Bezdicek named to the B-Team.

The Wildcats also qualified a full men's and women's team for the NCAA Championships. Torchia, Ketterson and Baanerud qualified with Aas-Rolid being named as the first alternate for the men's team. The women's team will be sending Schneider, Janzin and Ensrud with Matter serving as the first alternate.

The NCAA Championships begin March 6 and continue through Saturday, March 9.