FAIRBANKS, Ak-The fnal contests of the year for Nanook sports came to a close over the weekend.
Two Nanook swimmers finished their season strong. This past weekend as the NCAA Swim and Dive Championships came to a close the duo of junior Bente Heller and sophomore Margot Adams finished 19th out 36 teams after swimming seven individual events.
Heller, who won the 100 backstroke for her first national championship and the first in program history to win the accolade, also finished third in the 100 freestyle earning three All-American honors in this year's championships. That's 9 All-American honors in two years for Heller.
Adams had career best 52.45 second swim in the 100 free, and was national runner-up in consecutive years in the 100 butterfly setting a new varsity record of 54.63 seconds.
The Nanook rifle season came to a close at their NCAA Championship matches over the weekend in Columbus, Ohio.
The Nanooks were in contention for another national title just trailing the first-place Horned Frogs of TCU by one point after the small bore competition at the end of day one on Friday.
On day two West Virginia and Kentucky over took the top two teams in air rifle and after everything was tallied the Nanooks' 4661 points was good enough for fourth place. West Virginia won the national title.
Sophomore Ryan Anderson coming of a great smallbore performance shot a 589 in air rifle which was twelfth out of 44 shooters on day two. Junior Mike Luizza was 16th with a 588 for UAF.
In Vermont for the NCAA Skiing Championships the Nanook ski teams finished fourteenth for the blue gold. The Nanooks placed second among CCSA teams behind Northern Michigan.
Logan Hanneman finished 17th in the 10K race was 14 seconds shy of All-American honors after day one. On the final day Hanneman led all Nanooks with a 25th place finish in the 20K mass start with a 51 minute 30.8 second time. Michael Fehernbach was 29th and Jonas Loffler finished 40th.
For the ladies Senior Crystal Pitney finished 27th to lead the Nanooks in the 15 K Mass Start freestyle. Alyson McPhetres was sick all week but managed to finish 28th behind Pitney.
Northern Michigan, a CCSA team, placed 11th and the University of Colorado became the national champions.