The University of Utah ski team sent a shock wave to the East Coast Saturday. And it did it with results from the women's slalom.
In 10 days the University of Utah will be pursuing its sixth NCAA title in seven years and its fourth straight. Top challenger will again be the University of Vermont. The NCAA tournament will be in Jackson Hole, Wyo.On Saturday the Utes clinched the NCAA West Regional title handily, with a good part of the scoring coming on the tremendous strength of the Utah women's alpine team.
On Friday, in the giant slalom, the Ute women finished 1-2-4. Saturday, they straightened up and finished 1-2-3, and for good measure 5th.
Winning the women's slalom was Heidi Dahlgren in 1:25.55, with Kjersti Nilsen second and Gillian Frost tied for third.
The men's team did not do as well. Henrik Smith-Meyer of Utah won the race in 1:29.31, with Ian Witter of Colorado second in 1:30.07. The next Utah finisher was Greg Norton in 14th, followed by Brent Nixon in 15 and Oeivind Ragnhildstveit in 18th.