MTU’s Patten is an All-American Skate Skiing, women finish fourth

MIDWAY, Utah (WLUC) — Michigan Tech wrapped up the season Saturday at the NCAA Championships. Skylar Pattern earned All-America honors in skating and the women’s team achieved a historic fourth-place finish, the best in program history.

“It was another amazing day with some outstanding racing from the whole team,” said technical coach Tom Monahan Smith. “We are so proud of these athletes for what they have accomplished, not only at the championships, but throughout the season. »

Skylar Pattern won All-America honors with a 10th-place finish in the men’s 20k skating, becoming the fourth All-American in men’s program history. Patten covered the six-lap course in 43:39.1.

“Skylar ran the perfect run on his home course,” added Monahan Smith. “He stayed relaxed and stayed in the peloton. He scored every move and threw the final two rounds to seal his finish.

“Henry and Colin skied in a solid pack and Henry managed to score points. This week was a great experience for them when they first appeared.

Henry Snider ranked 29th and Colin Liberated finished 34th.

All three Huskies in the women’s 15k skate race scored. Anabel Needham led the Black and Gold to 12th place. She was less than six seconds out of the top 10. Henrietta Semb was two places in 14th, and Nea Katajala finished his first NCAA weekend in 23rd position.

“It was an uphill battle for women,” Monahan Smith said. “There were early breakaways. Our skiers ran their own race and it was the right decision. This allowed them to ski consistently and achieve a good last lap.

“Anabel managed to climb from 16th to 12th in the last kilometer and skied the last climb better than anyone in the peloton. Henriette and Anabel were able to work together and ski together and it’s special to do during a championship. Nea rode a solid race and scored points for the team.

The men placed ninth overall and the team combined for a sixth-place finish, the best in the program.

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