Earlier this month, several APU Alumni, Students, and Nordic Ski Center Members walked away with a wealth of National Championship Titles, dominating each category at the U.S. Cross Country Skiing National Championships in Houghton, Michigan. Other APU Nordic Ski Center athletes competed with top Finishes at the Super Tour in Craftsbury, Vermont. They assisted with Team USA’s overall standings at the World Cup in Oberstdorf, Germany. APU Nordic is starting 2020 off strong.
A recap of the recent success from the U.S. Cross Country Skiing National Championships is below.
Of the four race categories, Freestyle Sprint, Interval-Start Freestyle, Mass-Start, and Classic Sprint, Hailey Swirbul spent a lot of time on the pedestal with first-place finishes in Women’s Freestyle Sprint, Women’s (20k) Mass-Start, and Women’s Classic Sprint. She was also able to pull off a third-place finish in Women’s (10k) Interval-Start Freestyle.
Erik Bjornson put a lot of work in as well, pulling a first-place finish in the Men’s Mass-Start Classic, a third-place finish in the Men’s (15k) Interval-Start Freestyle, and two eighth-place finishes in the Men’s Classic Sprint and Freestyle Sprint.
APU Alumna Rosie Frankowski was able to grab a few of her own wins with a fifth-place finish in the Women’s (20k) Mass-Start Classic, a sixth-place finish in the Women’s Classic Sprint, and a seventh-place finish in the Women’s (10k) Interval-Start Freestyle.
Thomas O’Hara also pulled in some recognition with his sixth-place finish in the Men Freestyle Sprint Race.
Finally, APU student Hunter Wonders spent some time on the podium with a first-place finish in the Men Classic Sprint. It was Hunter’s 1st U.S Championship win. The race moved him into a qualifications sport for U-23 World Championships, where he will represent APU and Team USA later this year.
Way to go, team! Keep putting APU and Alaska on the map!