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Grosvold Named RMISA Women's Alpine MVP

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    [h=1]Grosvold Named RMISA Women's Alpine MVP[/h] Release: 02/20/2013 Courtesy: Curtis Snyder, Associate SID

    BOULDER—University of Colorado freshman Thea Grosvold was named the Women’s Alpine MVP of the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Wednesday, the league announced. The award is based on the accumulation of NCAA Qualification points in both giant slalom and slalom action throughout the regular season.

    Grosvold won the award in the closest of the four MVP races, scoring 408 points out of a possible 500 throughout the 10 regular season races. She was one of just four skiers in the entire RMISA to finish all 10 races during the season. She beat out New Mexico’s Courtney Altringer by just eight points.

    Grosvold finished the season strong, earning four of her top five performances in the final four races of the season over the Utah and New Mexico Invitationals. Altringer held a 24 point advantage over Grosvold entering the final weekend and Grosvold responded with six place finishes in both slalom races in the UNM Invitational.

    Denver’s Kristine Haugen was the leader entering the final race of the season but was disqualified in the final race. She also did not finish the slalom race as part of the Colorado Invitational earlier in the season, but still finished fourth with 397 points. Utah’s Kristiina Rove finished third with 398 points with one race not finished.

    Grosvold is a redshirt freshman for the Buffaloes, sitting out last season recovering from a knee injury she suffered in December 2010.

    “Thea is coming from almost two years of long rehabilitation,” CU coach Richard Rokos said. “She redshirted last season. During her absence, college skiing made a big leap forward with new and fast recruits. The fact that she was able to come back, and become competitive to the point of winning the MVP is a great accomplishment.”

    Grosvold is a key part of what was the top women’s alpine team in the RMISA throughout the regular season. The Buffaloes earned the most points in women’s alpine action, scoring 853 points in the four meets, an average of 106.63 points per race.

    Grosvold and the rest of the RMISA will commence the RMISA Championships, which double as the NCAA West Regional, from Friday to Sunday. The NCAA Championships are then set for March 6-9 in Vermont, hosted by Middlebury.

    from cubuffs.com

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