Wildcats Capture Third-Straight College Cup

Wildcats Capture Third-Straight College Cup

HOUGHTON, Mich. — The Northern Michigan Nordic skiing team won the College Cup at the U.S. Skiing Championships for the third-straight year.

“I am very pleased with our results so far at the championships,” head coach Sten Fjeldheim said. “Winning the College Cup three years in a row shows the depth of our ski program. Considering we had to cancel all our competitions before the championships, what our athletes have accomplished here is even more exciting. It’s been really fun, and I think all that dry-land training is paying off.”

Fredrik Schwencke was named grand champion for the second season in a row after totaling 142 points on the strength of his fourth-place finish in the freestyle sprint and 21st-place finish in the 15K classic.

Vivian Hett also captured grand champion honors with 142 points. She was the first Wildcat to cross the line in the 10K classic, taking 13th, and placed third in the freestyle sprint’s junior division.

Sophie Schimpl finished tied for third in the grand champion race with 138 points after claiming 19th in the 10K classic and qualifying for the senior freestyle sprint quarterfinals by cracking the top 30 in the preliminaries.

As a team, the Wildcats totaled 829 points, 29 more than they did last season. The men posted 413 while the women contributed 416. Dartmouth (755) and Alaska-Fairbanks (727) rounded out the top three in the 20-team field. The full results can be viewed here.

Northern Michigan continues competition at the U.S. Skiing Championships tomorrow.

“We have the two longer distance races coming up,” Fjeldheim said. “Our athletes are going into these races with some confidence after winning the College Cup. Team morale and mood couldn’t be better.”