Weekly sports recap for Feb. 19

Erin McGroarty/Sun Star Reporter
February 19, 2013

Ryan Anderson paces shooters in Smallbore on day one of NCAA Qualifying. Photo by Mats Eriksson, courtesy of Alaska Nanooks.

Ryan Anderson paces shooters in Smallbore on day one of NCAA Qualifying. Photo by Mats Eriksson, courtesy of Alaska Nanooks.

Women’s Swimming

The 2013 Pacific Collegiate Swim and Dive Conference took place this week in La Mirada, California. Starting on Wednesday, Feb 13, the Alaska Nanook Women’s Swim team took hold of the competition with a two relay finishes in the top five, placing them with high marks right off the bat. To continue a successful first day, the Nanooks finished in second place for the 800 freestyle relay. This team was made up of sophomore Biology student Danielle Lyons, sophomore Political Science student Margot Adams, sophomore Foreign Languages student Gabi Summers, and junior Communication student Bente Heller. The competition continued on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The four member relay team made up of freshman Eileen Audette, sophomore Kelly Meierotto, sophomore Genevieve Johnson and Summers, took 10th place in Thursday’s 200 freestyle relay. On Friday, Adams took first place in the 100 butterfly for the second year in a row, with a time of 55:45 and Heller took fourth place in the 200 freestyle with a season best time of 1:51:54. The Nanooks finished the competition on Saturday with a team placing of 8th place with 590.5 points over the four days of competition.

Men and Women’s Rifle

The Alaska Nanook Rifle team competed on Thursday, Feb. 14 against the University of Nevada, finishing out their regular season with a win of 4652-4622, leaving them ranked 5th in the nation. This day of competition consisted of a section of small bore, in which the Nanooks scored 2310 to Nevada’s 2290, and air rifle, shooting 2342 to Nevada’s 2332.  Competition continued on Saturday and Sunday, when the Nanooks began competing in the NCAA Qualifiers. The small bore section took place on Saturday afternoon against Nevada and Texas El Paso. Sophomore Ryan Anderson shot a match high score of 584. The overall team score that pushed the Nanooks into first place for the first day of the qualifiers was 2313.

Women’s Basketball

A close game took place in Nampa, Idaho between the Alaska Nanook Women’s Basketball team and Northwest Nazarene on Thursday, Feb. 14. While the Nanooks led for most of the game, NNU snuck the win out from under the Nanooks with a 21-9 rally in the last six minutes of the game, bringing the final score to 88-81, the Nanooks losing by only seven points. The Nanooks took this defeat in stride and continued the Great Northwest Athletic Conference with their first conference win against against Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA on Saturday, Feb. 16. The final winning score was 73-70.

“We’ve been playing well, so tonight, we were prepared and focused,” Head Coach Cody Burgess-Bench said. “We did the little things. We hit shots and broke down Central’s defense. We worked the clock the right way and it helped.”

The Alaska Women’s Basketball team will be competing next on Thursday, Feb. 21 against Western Oregon and against Saint Martin’s University on Saturday, Feb. 23.

Men’s Basketball

A classic rivalry game was played between the Alaska Nanook Men’s Basketball team and Alaska Anchorage Sea Wolves in Anchorage on Saturday, Feb. 16 in the Wells Fargo Sports Complex. While the Nanooks played a hard game and made a final ditch effort in the second half,  they were not able to hold off the Sea Wolves, losing the game 71-69. The put the Anchorage Sea Wolves at a 15 game winning streak so far this season and secured them a spot in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships.

“It’s just disappointing that we didn’t finish it,” Head Coach Mike Durham said after the game, “But they hit a couple big shots to make the difference. We’ll learn from it and I’m really proud of how we came back.”

Men’s Ice Hockey

The Alaska Nanook Men’s Hockey team played two games in Sault Saint Marie, Michigan last week on Friday, Feb 15 and Saturday, Feb. 16. The Nanooks took a hard beating from Lake Superior State on Friday, losing 5-1. This is their second victory against the Alaska Nanooks this season. Their first goal was scored 9 seconds into the game and continued the trend, only allowing the Nooks to score a single goal scored by freshman forward and general studies student, Tyler Morley. Saturday’s game against followed suit with the Nanooks falling 4-2, again to Lake Superior State. The Nanooks goals were scored by junior forward and Business Administration student, Cody Kunyk, and freshman Business Administration student, Nolan Huysmans.

Men’s Skiing

The Alaska Nanook Men’s Ski Team took part in the Central Collegiate Ski Association Championship in Coleraine, Minnesota on Saturday, Feb. 16.  Working hard to improve their team standing, the Nanook Men’s team finished the competition in third place overall, with a score of 70 points. Northern studies student, Lex Treinen, finished in third place over all in the 20 kilometer mass start freestyle race with a time of 55 minutes and 30.5 seconds. Closely following him was freshman Mechanical Engineering student Michael Fehrenbach who took fourth place overall with a time of 55 minutes and 47 seconds.

“I think this sets us up well for next weekend,” Head Coach Scott Jerome said after the races. “We did well, certainly will get a couple days rest and then we’ll have some interval training Wednesday and cruise easy into the championship.

Women’s Skiing

The Alaska Nanook Women’s Ski team kept their high ranking of second place the CCSA Championship in Coleraine, Minnesota on Saturday, Feb. 16. Junior business administration student, Rafaela Sieber took first place in the Women’s 5 kilometer classic race with a time of 15 minutes and 5.1 seconds.

“Raphaela skied not only a strong race but a smart race,” Jerome said. “Though she was leading at the top of the one long climb in the middle of the race, she saved enough energy to push through the double pole section on the second half of the course.”

The Nanooks finished this competition with 68 points overall as a team, placing second under Northern Michigan University.


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