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February 22, 2012
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Incline Nordic skiing | Swick, Vomund top 10 at state championship

After posting solid results throughout the high school Nordic season, Incline's one-two punch of Melanie Swick and Evan Vomund represented the Highlanders well at the CNISSF State Championship Pursuit Race at Auburn Ski Club on Saturday.

The race combined both the freestyle and classic disciplines.

Vomund, a sophomore, raced to a sixth-place finish in the varsity boys' race with a combined time of 22:22.7 between the classic and freestyle stints. Truckee's Jordan McElroy captured the individual win in a time of 19:58.8 and was followed by North Tahoe's Patrick McElravey (20:00.5) and the Sugar Bowl Academy's Sam Zabell (21:17.9) rounding out the top three.

In the girls' varsity race, Swick finished seventh in a time of 25:02.6. Sugar Bowl Academy girls swept the top four places, with Katrin Larusson winning the individual title in 22:54.7, and Cassidy Cichowicz (23:06.9) and Laurel Fiddler (23:32.6) rounding out the top three.

Incline's Ashley Vomund was 15th among varsity girls in 30:19.0.

The Highlanders' Mariposa Gollery finished 21st in the open girls' race, posting a time of 38:14.4, and Julie Falk was 25th in 39:31.8.

In addition to the CNISSF state championship, the Incline skiers competed just two days later in the President's Cup race at Auburn Ski Club, which was the third and final qualifier for Junior Nationals.

Vomund, who had already secured his position for Junior Nationals in the J2 Boys' division, placed fifth in the 5-kilometer skate race in a time of 11:10.9. Peter Holmes of North Tahoe won in 10:37.5.

Swick, meanwhile, was seventh among women in the President's Cup 10-kilometer race, finishing in a time of 25:20.6 to punch her ticket to Junior Nationals in the OJ Girls' division. A total of 116 racers competed.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Feb 22, 2012 06:15PM Published Feb 22, 2012 06:06PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.