NMU Nordic skiing: Frankowski second at NCAA Championships

MIDWAY, Utah – The Northern Michigan University Nordic skiing team finished second in men’s and women’s Nordic combined scoring at the NCAA Championships at Soldier Hollow Resort on Saturday.

NMU finished seventh overall in the NCAA Skiing Championship with 239 total points. The Wildcats were the highest ranked team with only Nordic skiers competing and beat three schools that competed in both Nordic and Alpine events.

Wildcats senior Rosie Frankowski battled for the lead in the women’s 15-kilometer freestyle race and finished as runner-upin 40 minutes, 16.9 seconds, just 1.8 seconds behind winner Eva Severrus of New Mexico.

“I am very happy with our skiers’ results,” NMU head coach Sten Fjeldheim said. “To think that a walk-on freshman would end up challenging the winner of the NCAA Championships in the final 50 yards is just unreal. I am so proud of Rosie and our entire team.

“The conditions were not ideal but one of our team’s slogans is ‘First you form an attitude, then it forms you.’ We came here with great attitudes, trained hard all summer and fall and we are coming home with six top-10 All-American finishes as well as being the second best cross country team in the NCAA.”

Frankowski earned All-American First Team honors with her finish, while sophomore teammate Hannah Boyer was 16th for the Wildcats in 42:18.7 and junior Mary Kate Cirelli 22nd in 42:56.0.

Freshman Fredrik Schwencke led NMU on the men’s side, earning All-American Second Team honors after finishing sixth in the men’s 20K freestyle in 44:01.4. Junior Kyle Bratrud was the next Wildcat, 13th in 44:11.5, while freshman Adam Martin was 22nd in 44:39.9.