LTCC team finishes second at regionals
The Lake Tahoe Community College Nordic ski team finished second in a three-team field at its regional meet Feb. 19-20, and advanced one skier to state.
First-year skier Lindsey Basher qualified for the U.S. Collegiate Ski Association national meet with a fifth-place finish in the classical race and a seventh in freestyle at the USCSA regionals in Winter Park, Colo. Basher will leave March 6 for nationals, in Bretton Woods, N.H. LTCC’s four-woman team beat a rebuilding U.S. Air Force Academy squad in Winter Park, but couldn’t catch the powerful University of Wyoming team that won the meet. The meet grafted a good ending on a tough year for the Kokanee skiers.
“People we competed against, a lot of times have great areas nearby, but it was a tough year for us for snow,” said LTCC Nordic coach Susan Lannoy. “They did really well considering the conditions we’ve had. They didn’t complain: They’d just show up and say, ‘What are we doing?'”
USCSA rules allow teams to bring five skiers, with the top three results earning points. Despite having just four skiers – Basher, Terry Adams, Pia Ripatti and Naomi Nelson – the LTCC women finished five points better than Air Force – 17-22 – behind winner Wyoming, which was fourth in the country last year, and had six points at regionals. The remaining two racers on each team don’t earn points, but can displace finishers from other schools.
Ripatti was the only skier who returned to the two-year school’s team. And she broke her wrist and was under doctor’s orders to not use poles or fall during competition up until eight days before the regional meet.
Adams was seventh in the classical race Feb. 19, fourth in freestyle the next day. Ripatti was ninth in classical and 10th in freestyle, and Nelson 10th and 11th, respectively.
Dan Wolfers, the only male racer for LTCC, was 13th in the men’s classical race and 10th in the freestyle.
“He did really well,” Lannoy said. “He’s coming on really strong.”
By qualifying, Basher earned a place in two national championship races. She’ll race in a 10-kilometer classical race March 6, and a 7.5K freestyle skate ski the next day.
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