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Posted: Friday, November 9, 2012 12:04 am | Updated: 11:54 am, Mon Jan 21, 2013.

FAIRBANKS—Starting with tonight’s swim meet against Cal State East Bay, the Alaska Nanooks will host 14 home sports events in the next 10 days and members of the military will be honored at each event.

In addition to swimming, the Nanooks have volleyball men’s and women’s basketball, hockey, skiing and rifle events scheduled as part of the 10-day Military Appreciation Event.

“We are very pleased and honored to sponsor various military appreciation events both on campus and on post (Fort Wainwright) over the next several days,” Nanooks athletic director Gary Gray said in a press release.

“The military is an important part of the Fairbanks community and indeed an important component of our state and country,” Gray said. “We sincerely express our gratitude to all members of the armed forces currently serving America as well as those who previously served.”

Each event at the Patty Center is free to active members of the military, their families and veterans. General admission hockey tickets will be discounted $9 when purchased at the Patty Center ticket offfice.

During the Nov. 16-17 hockey games against Western Michigan, the Nanooks will wear special military jerseys.

Prior to the start of each event, military personnel will present the colors and sing the national anthem. An Army band will be present at some events during the 10-day event.

Student-athletes will go or already have gone to Fort Wainwright for community activities and meet and greets with members of the military.

Events include tonight’s swim meet; Saturday swim meet, volleyball match and women’s basketball game; men’s basketball on Nov. 15; Nordic skiing, men’s basketball and hockey on Nov. 16; Nordic skiing, rifle, men’s basketball and hockey on Nov. 17; and Nordic skiing and rifle on Nov. 18.

Swim meet

The Nanooks swim team hosts Cal State East Bay in meets scheduled for 6 tonight and noon Saturday at the Patty Center pool.

There are nine individual events and two relays in each event. There is no admission charge.

The Nanooks are coming off a sweep of California Baptist two weeks ago, when Margot Adams set a pool record in the 200-yard butterfly and the team of Meghan O’Leary, Adams, Gabi Summers and Bente Heller set the 800 freestyle relay record.

Last week, Cal State East Bay defeated Cal Baptist and Redlands to improve to 3-0 in dual meets. The Pioneers also won the Bay Area Invitational. East Bay finished fourth and the Nanooks were fifth in the Pacific Coast Swim Conference Championships last season.

Cross country awards

Nine Alaska Nanooks — five women and four men — were named to the Great Northwest Athletic Confernce Cross Country All Academic Team.

The five women include seniors Marit Rjabov, Heather Edic and Megan Thompson and juniors Raphaela Sieiber and Heidi O’Connor-Brook.

Edic and Rjabov were among 10 athletes named to the team for the third straight year.

Senior Lex Treinen, juniors Tux Seims and Andrew Arnold and sophomore Jonas Loeffler were named to the men’s team.

Sixty-nine student athletes — 31 men and 38 women — were named to the team.

To qualify for the academic team, athletes must have a minimum 3.20 grade point average and competing in at least their second season for the school.

Contact the News-Miner sports department at 459-7581.

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