NANOOK CORNER: Winter Sports Recap
As the year comes to an end for UAF Athletics, we're going to look back and see how each of the Winter Sports teams did, in this week's Nanook Corner.
"We'll start off with the Nanook Hockey team, who just had an unceremonious end to their season, with back to back one-goal losses in the playoffs, falling in the first round to the Northern Michigan Wildcats. The Nanooks finished the year at 12-21-3 overall and 12-14-2-2 in conference play. That marks a three-win improvement in conference play from last year, when they finished 8th in the conference. They also kept the Governor's Cup in Fairbanks for the 10th consecutive year. The scoring leader for the Nanooks this season was Steven Jandric, who earned 24 points with 9 goals and 24 assists. Both Nanook Basketball teams underwent rebuilding years under new head coaches. The Nanook Men, under first year head coach Greg Sparling, finished at 5-22 overall and 2-18 in the conference. Their scoring leaders, Michael Kluting and Tymoryae Glover, earned All-GNAC honorable mentions this year. The Women's team went 4-22 overall and 1-19 in the conference under new head coach, Kerri Nakamoto. They earned their first conference win in two years on Valentine's Day against Western Oregon. The Nanook Rifle team finished fifth in the Patriot Rifle Conference this year, and earned yet another trip to the NCAA Championships. This year marked their 28th consecutive trip to nationals, the longest streak of all rifle teams in the country. The Nanook Ski team also finished up their season with representation at the NCAA Championships, placing 12th out of the 24 teams involved. They had the second highest score of all teams with no Alpine program. The Nanook Swim team finished their year, as a team at the PCSC Championships, where they finished seventh in the PCSC Championships. They do have one competitor still competing, as Oda Bygdnes qualified for the 100 meter Butterfly. She will be in action on March 14th."