NMU Nordic skiing: Wildcats honored by Central Region

MARQUETTE – A pair of Northern Michigan University skiers and their coach swept Central Collegiate Ski Association top honors in voting by the group’s coaches, NMU announced on Tuesday.

Senior Rosie Frankowski was named Central Region Female Athlete of the Year, freshman Fredrik Schwencke earned the equivalent men’s honor, and NMU head coach Sten Fjeldheim was named Men’s Coach of the Year.

Frankowski, who was a walk-on, had a stellar final season as a Wildcat when she became the national runner-up in the 15-kilometer skate race at the 2014 NCAA Championships, earning first-team All-American status.

She took sixth in the 5K classic race at nationals, good for a second-team All-American trophy, and also landed the top spot in both regional and CCSA Championship skate events.

Schwencke had a breakout first-year campaign, collecting a pair of All-American spots at the NCAA Championships, taking 10th in the 10K classic and finishing sixth as part of a massive lead pack in the 20K freestyle.

He found his best form at the right time, helping the Wildcats to both CCSA and regional team championships by landing podium places in both events at the CCSA Championships.

Fjeldheim has earned Central Region Coach of the Year honors for two straight years as the 28th year head coach guided the Wildcats to a sweep of the CCSA and Central Region titles while taking a full complement of Nordic skiers to the NCAA Championship.

Earlier in the season, Fjeldheim was named the CCSA Coach of the Year for both the men and women.