Wildcats with Strong Showing at Under-23 World Championships

Wildcats with Strong Showing at Under-23 World Championships

GOMS, Switzerland— A trio of Northern Michigan University Nordic Skiers finished a week of competition at the Under-23 Junior World Ski Championships. Wildcat women's junior skier Nicole Schneider (Plymouth, Minnesota) and men's skiers junior Ian Torchia (Rochester, Minnesota) and sophomore Zak Ketterson (Bloomington, Minnesota) represented NMU and the U.S. at the event.

Schneider was the first Wildcat to compete in Switzerland, skiing in the women's freestyle sprints on Monday. She placed 44th with a time of three minutes, 23.95 seconds, finishing just 20 seconds off the top spot.

Ketterson was the next to compete also on Monday. The NMU sophomore finished 65th in the field with a time of 3:19.70 in the freestyle sprints.

Competing in the 15-kilometer classic race on Wednesday, Torchia was the top U.S. finisher placing 32nd. His time of 39:24.20 was less than three minutes off the top spot in the event.

The women's 10-kilometer classic race also took place on Wednesday with Schneider turning in a 49th-place finish. She finished with a time of 33:09.90, just over five minutes off the top time.

After a day off, a pair of NMU skiers participated in the skiathlon events which is a race that includes both classic and freestyle techniques with an equipment change at mid-distance.

In the classic section, Schneider finished in 42nd with a time of 27:08.30. After nearly 40 seconds for equipment change, Schneider continued with the freestyle section where she managed to gain to spots. She finished the skiathlon 40th with a total time of 52:07.90.

Torchia competed in the men's skiathlon where he was in 30th after the classic section. A time of 43:59.80 plus a 38 second equipment change set Torchia out for the freestyle race, which he finished in 39:42.80. His total time of 1:24:20.60 was good enough for 27th.

The three athletes now return to the U.S. and will prep for the CCSA Championships next weekend in Rheinlander, Wisconsin. Classic events will be held on Saturday, with freestyle events set for Sunday.