FAIRBANKS — Alaska Nanooks senior Kati Roivas was named Wednesday to the All-Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association Women’s Nordic First Team.
It is the first all-conference honor for Roivas and for the Nanooks since the program joined the conference in August 2017.
She received the RMISA recognition based on her qualifying for the NCAA Championships.
This is Roivas’s only season for the Nanooks. The native of Liperi, Finland, transferred to the University of Alaska Fairbanks from the University of New Mexico.
Roivas led the Nanooks women’s Nordic team throughout the season. She placed first among the squad in 10 of Alaska’s 16 races this season.
Roivas will join sophomore Anja Maijala, redshirt senior Seiji Takagi and senior Max Donaldson at the NCAA Championships’ Nordic competition on March 6 and 8 at the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont.
UAF women’s basketball ends season
The Alaska Nanooks women’s basketball team ends the regular season against a pair of teams bound for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championship Tournament.
The Nanooks host the Central Washington Wildcats at 7 p.m. today on the Alaska Airlines Court in the University of Alaska Fairbanks Patty Center.
The Nanooks end the season against the Northwest Nazarene Nighthawks at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The regular-season finale also is senior night for the Nanooks. Before the game, the Nanooks will honor their four seniors — forward Ashlie Blackburn, from Douglas, Wyoming; guard Angela Murnion, from Roy, Montana; guard Emily Evans, from Cheyenne, Wyoming; and forward Marian Wamsley, from Valdez.
The Nanooks head into today’s contest at 4-20 overall and 1-17 GNAC for 11th place in the 11-team NCAA Division II conference.
The Wildcats, of Ellensburg, Washington, are 16-9 overall and 11-7 conference for fourth place. The Nighthawks, of Nampa, Idaho, are 25-1 and 17-1, respectively, for a first-place tie with the Alaska Anchorage Seawolves.
The top six teams at the end of the regular season advance to the GNAC Championship Tournament on March 7-9 at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington.
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