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    [h=3]Colorado Daily [/h]March 5th
    CU ski team poised to compete for national championship this weekend
    The Buffs look very good heading into the NCAA titles this weekend, but are very young. Seven of the 12 Buffs in Vermont for the championships, which begin Wednesday, are freshmen. And in the Alpine events, a missed gate or a caught edge … and a favorite becomes a DNF.
    Keep your fingers crossed. I’ll be posting results Wednesday through Saturday …
    From the Daily Camera … After winning every single competition they’ve entered this year, the Colorado ski team has plenty of reason to believe it’ll win another this week.
    From Wednesday through Saturday, the Buffaloes will compete at the NCAA championships in Middlebury, Vermont. Their goal is simple: Win the title.
    “Isn’t that always how you’re supposed to go into a national championship?,” said freshman Brooke Wales, one of the Buffs’ top Alpine skiers. “Just having the results we’ve had this year to back that up really gives us team confidence, both on the Alpine and the Nordic side, men’s and women’s.
    “All-around, I think that we have the capabilities and the talent to for sure get it done.”
    Of course, nothing is in the bag at this point. But, CU has had a great season, sweeping the four regular season meets and then taking the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Skiing Association (RMISA) title on Feb. 24 in Bozeman, Mont.
    “We’ve been good and strong all season and have won all the meets in the West,” junior Nordic racer Rune Oedegaard said. “Now we have to show that we’re also able to be best in the country.”
    In addition to CU, Utah and Denver bring strong teams from the West. Vermont, the defending national champion and East regional champ, will be in the hunt, as will Dartmouth, which finished second to Vermont in the regionals.
    “We know that there’s a lot of competitors here in the West who are really strong,” Oedegaard said. “Now we have those and we have the East people, so it’ll be exciting.”
    On the Alpine side of things, the Buffs are led by their young women’s squad. Wales, Thea Grosvold and Jessica Honkonen are all freshmen, but have recorded exceptional results throughout the season. Wales has been top 10 in seven of her 12 races this season and top 13 in nine of the 12.


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