This week in Seawolf sports…

Seawolves use strong finishs to place fourth

Mandy Kaempf turned in two solid performances as expected but it was some other solid individual showings that were the story for the Seawolf ski team at the 2005 NCAA West Regional in Bozeman, Mont. Feb. 25-26.

Denver held on to win the team title with 560 points, followed by New Mexico in second with 530 and Colorado in third at 486.5. The Seawolves’ fourth-place team finish matched it season-best in a RMISA event and totaled 449.5.

Seawolf junior Dave Duncan was a surprising third-place in the men’s slalom. Duncan raced to his best finish of the season with a two-run total of 1:38.13 over the 52-gate course at Bridger Bowl.

Another pleasant surprise was a runner-up finish for freshman Kjetil Dammen in the men’s 15-kilometer freestyle. He finished 3.9 seconds shy of the individual title with a time of 53:40.4. The men’s Nordic team also got a solid outing from senior Zach Violett (10th, 55:20.2).

The 10K classical was highlighted by Violett finishing sixth in 29:53.2. Dammen claimed 10th in 30:09.2 and junior Brent Knight placed a career-best 11th in 30:09.8.

On the last day of racing, Kaempf skied the Bohart Ranch trails to her third career Regional title with a time of 43:54.7 in the women’s 10K freestyle. Junior Nicole DeYong registered a top-five performance with a fourth-place effort in the women’s 10K freestyle (45:42.9).

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In the women’s 5K classical a day earlier, Kaempf took second with a time of 16:51.1. DeYong placed sixth (17:17.8) and senior Sarah Hansen finished eighth (17:30.7) to help the Seawolves’ cause.

Christian Ringvold used a two-run time of 1:28.26 on the 33-gate course to place seventh in the men’s giant slalom. Freshman Daniela Anguita had her best race of the season to place a career-best 11th in the women’s giant slalom.


Seawolf women’s hoops swept on road

The UAA women’s basketball teams last road trip of the season is one the squad will want to forget. Two games resulted in two double-digit defeats for the Seawolves.

UAA opened the trip in Lacey, WA against Saint Martin’s, who put the Seawolves down with a 59-46 win. Martina Kartikova led four Saints in double figures with 18 points. Taylor Long was UAA’s lone double-digit scorer with 11 points.

The Seawolves fared better offensively against Northwest Nazarene but couldn’t stop the Crusaders in a 81-67 setback. Long had 22 points and Stephanie Beason chipped in 15 of her own but Nazarene used a balanced attack to counter the duo. Danielle Pridgen scored a team-high 18 points for the Crusaders, who shot over 50 percent in the win.


Seawolf gymnasts have record winning streak snapped

The UAA gymnastics team won’t California dreaming after their recent road trip to the Golden State. The Seawolves saw their school-record six-meet winning streak stopped Feb. 25 by a pair of Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rivals after posting a season-low score of 186.700 in Sacramento. Sacramento State won with 192.125, while the University of California at Davis put up 190.700.

Dominique Ingram (9.9 floor routine, second place) and Jessica Portlock (9.625 bars, third place) were the only highlights for the Seawolves in a sub-par team performance.

At Davis, Calif., UAA bounced back with a better score the second night but still finished third Feb. 27. The Seawolves tied their third-best score of the season (190.575) but the host Aggies won with a 193.225 and San Jose State had 193.000.

Ingram placed second on vault (9.75), sixth on bars (9.7) and eighth on floor (9.775) to score a 38.725, just short of Spartan gymnasts Jennifer Green (38.825) and Greta Leach (38.800) in close all-around competition. UAA scored a season-high 47.750 on the bars behind strong showings from Ingram, Portlock, Tiffany Staton and Sara Randall.