Nanooks forge through a weekend of ups and downs

Erin McGroarty/Sun Star Reporter
Jan. 31, 2012

Women’s Swimming

The University of Alaska Fairbanks women’s swim team ended their season with a victory over Colorado Mesa on Friday, Jan. 27. The team won eight out of the nine separate events and one relay throughout the evening, bringing them to an ending score of 126 – 79. The team took the top two places in six different events.

Some of these wins included the top three winning places in the 50 meter freestyle. Some of the night’s winning swimmers included Ashley Crowe, a UAF sophomore from Billings, Mont., who swam the 1,000 meter freestyle in 10 minutes and 41.54 seconds, and Margot Adams, a UAF freshman from Anchorage, who swam the 50 free style in 25.25 and the 100 fly in 56.70, setting a new pool record by almost 5.5 seconds.

This victory was one of the swim team’s final two regular-season meets before the conference and national meets that they will be participating in later this spring. The other competition, Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Patty Center Pool, also wrapped up with a victory against the Mesa State University Mavericks of 144 – 60.

The Alaska Nanooks set multiple pool records, including the 200 meter medley relay, which was won with a time of 1 minute and 50.1 seconds. This particular 200 medley relay team is ranked sixth in the nation, according to Coach Scott Lemley. Along with their relay victories, the Alaska Nanooks also held multiple individual victories.

Men’s Hockey

The Alaska Nanook Men’s Hockey team participated in the CCHA home series, playing two games against the fourth-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Alaska Nanooks took home a victory Friday night, Jan. 27, with a score of 6-3.

The scoring started late in the first period but continued  with fast back-and-forth scoring between the two teams through the second period. Defensemen Aaron Gens and Michael Quinn provided multiple assists were provided throughout the night. The Nanooks were 2-for-4 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill. Senior goalie Scott Greenham ended the game 26 saves.

The second game of the weekend was not as successful, leaving the Nanooks with a 4-2 loss to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Junior Jarret Granberg and sophomore Cody Kunyk scored the two Nanook goals in the first period. Nanook goalie Scott Greenham made 19 saves.

Women’s Basketball

The UAF Women’s Basketball team lost to Northwest Nazarene 83-56 on Saturday, Jan 28, during a Great Northwest Athletic Conference game in the UAF Patty Center. The NNU Crusaders stepped up their play in this game after losing to the UAA Sea Wolves by 40 points earlier in the week.

The Crusaders were leading 14-12 early in the first half before scoring 10 points in a row, double of UAF’s score, with 10:54 left.The NNU Crusaders had a solid lead of 41-26 as both teams headed into half time. Less than two minutes into the second half, NNU led 51-28. The Nanook women were unable to recover from this blow for the rest of the game, never being able to reach within 21 points of the Crusaders’ score.

UAF freshman Benissa Bulaya, junior Taylor Altenberg, and senior Autumn Greene each tied the place of team high-honors. Bulaya took three rebounds and counted three assists throughout the game. Altenberg scored eight out nine throws from the free throw line.

The Nanooks will play next Thursday, Feb 2, in Billings, Mont. against the Montana State Billings Yellowjackets.

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