Northern Michigan University’s Felicia Gesior and Fredrik Schwencke have been selected CCSA Skiers of the Week for their performances at the CCSA Distance Championships held at Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis on February 14th and 15th.
Fredrik Schwencke, a sophomore Wildcat from Oslo, Norway, skied an impressive set of races at the CCSA Distance Championships at Wirth Park, winning the men’s 20 kilometer classic mass start race, and taking second in the 10 kilometer freestyle race. In the classic race Schwencke outpaced his teammates Adam Martin and Erik Soderman in the final lap to win the day, 5.2 seconds ahead of Martin. Schwencke took second place in the freestyle race, just 2.3 seconds behind the time of his teammate Soderman. Schwencke has had an incredible season thus far, winning twice, and skiing to the CCSA podium in every qualifying race he has entered.
Felicia Gesior skied strategically in the women’s 15 kilometer mass start classic race at Wirth Park to win her first CCSA race of the season. Gesior timed her attack to perfection at the CCSA Distance Championships, outsprinting Ulrika Axelsson of Michigan Tech, winner of the CCSA Sprint Championships, to win the day for the Wildcats. Gesior skied an excellent freestyle race at Wirth as well, finishing fifth overall. Gesior, a junior Wildcat from Waukesha, Wisconsin, has made the podium in three previous CCSA qualifiers this season.
CCSA racing will continue at NCCA Regionals on February 28th, and March 1st in Marquette, Michigan.