UAF Sports Briefs – Feb. 22, 2011

Compiled by Becca Coleman
Feb. 22, 2011

Women skiers take first

In Houghton, Mich., Alaska’s women’s ski team claimed the CCSA regional title against Northern Michigan on Saturday, Feb. 19. Junior Theresia Schnurr and sophomore Raphaela Sieber, whose consistent performances kept Alaska on top, led the Nanooks. The men came in second, and the Nanooks placed second overall. “It was a solid team effort today,” said head coach Scott Jerome. “It was really exciting to see some different people step up and have some good races.” Alaska now gets to play the waiting game, as they will find out who qualifies for next month’s NCAA Championships sometime this week.

Swimmers splash to fourth place

In Long Beach, Calif., Alaska’s swim team took fourth place at the Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Championships on Saturday, Feb. 19. The championships began Feb. 16, and with each passing day, the Nanooks swam stronger. On day one, Alaska earned a second-place finish in the 200 Medley Relay, the best in school history. On day two, the Nanooks swam their way to seventh place overall. On day three, Alaska moved up to sixth place, led by senior Mariya Pavlovskaya with a second-place finish in the 400 Yard IM. The Nanooks swam their best on day four to place fourth overall.

Women’s basketball loses chance at playoffs

After a 43-55 loss to Simon Fraser on Feb. 17, women’s basketball is officially out playoff hopes.  Freshman Ciara Patton led the team with 11 points, but it wasn’t enough to get the Nanooks a win.  The Alaska women attempted to give Western Washington their first loss of the season on Feb. 19, but they were shot down in a 44-68 loss.  Senior Nicole Bozek led in scoring with 11 points, but only shot 3-for-13.  The Nanooks will take on Alaska Anchorage on the road on Feb. 24 for their last game of the season

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