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Westminster alpine ski places third, 7 athletes in top 10

The Westminster College alpine ski team finished in third this week, with seven athletes finishing in the top 10. (Photo courtesy Eric Stephens)

The Westminster College alpine ski teams finished third overall in alpine events at the Denver Invitational Tuesday. The men’s team finished second in overall points, with a final score of 157. Five of the men’s athletes also finished in the top 10.

The women’s team finished fourth overall with a total of 131 points, with two athletes finishing in the top 10.

Giant Slalom event

The Westminster alpine ski team finished third in terms of total points, with a final score of 72 points. First-year students Mikkel Solbakken and Alexandre Coltier led the team, finishing their debut weekend.

Solbakken ended in fifth place, finishing in just over two minutes. Coltier was close behind, finishing in eighth.

Solbakken finished his first run, achieving the second fastest time. Senior Mikkel Wahl finished 11th  and first-year Joachim Mjelde finished 14th.

First-year Julia Toiviainen also made her debut Tuesday, finishing in seventh place — leading the Griffins to secure fourth place.

First-year Henriette Resen finished 12th with first-year Lana Zbasnik right on her heels in 13th. Junior Juliette Gauthier finished 17th and senior Anika Angriman finished 24th.

Slalom event

Both Westminster alpine ski teams improved in the slalom. The men finished first with 85 points, tying with the University of Utah.

The women’s team finished in third with 69 points.

The Griffins had three top 10 finishers in the Slalom event, matching with the University of Denver. Wahl finished in third, achieving his first career podium finish. Solbakken finished in fifth, first-year Joachim Mjelde finished ninth and senior Raffael Breu finished 13th.

Sports coverage by The Forum is created in part through a partnership with the Westminster College Athletics Program. 

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Cami Mondeaux is a senior communication major with a minor in sociology. She’s worked in journalism for three years completing several internships in radio as well as a print internship stationed in Washington, D.C. Now, Cami works as a reporter and digital content producer for KSL NewsRadio covering breaking news and local government. When she doesn’t have her nose stuck in the headlines, Cami enjoys listening to podcasts, drinking iced coffee and continuing her quest to find the tastiest burrito in Salt Lake City.

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