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2023 Individual sport (golf, skiing, tennis, track and field) off-season news and general discussion thread ()

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Skiing is the only individual sports completed for the academic year so far, but since I've seen a couple bits of news affecting that team that has come out, thought I'd start this thread now for us to note anything interesting anyone see during the off-season for CU's "individual" sports. (Since all the sports other than skiing are still going on, so any news for them at this point will be going to other dedicated threads.)

  • Even though the NATIONAL CHAMPION Buffs completed their season around a month and a half ago, individually they kept competing, and had some nice results:







  • Also wanted to note that, in another sport, a little over one month after being a key piece to the ski team's Championship, graduating Buff Nordic skier Anna-Maria Dietze was also a key piece for CU's club women's triathlon team, which won THEIR national championship a week or so ago:



And, the team just had its annual award banquet:

 
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Welcome and congrats to new women's golf assistant coach Landegren!



Direct link to article - https://cubuffs.com/news/2024/6/10/womens-golf-mia-landegren-named-assistant-coach

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BOULDER — Mia Landegren has been named an assistant coach for the University of Colorado women's golf team.

A native of Bridgewater, Conn., Landegren was four-year golfer at Southeastern Conference power Alabama (2013-17) where she played 81 rounds in 29 tournaments with one top 20 finish. She played in three of four NCAA Championship Finals during that run with the Crimson Tide and was a member of Alabama's 2015 SEC Championship Team.

Landegren finished 24th at the 2017 NCAA Athens Regional, helping Alabama to a first place finish. She held a stroke average of 76.69 throughout her collegiate career and was fifth on the team her senior season at 76.53.

Following her collegiate career, Landegren spent four seasons on the Symetra (now Epson) Tour (2018-21). Landegren begins her duties on Monday, June 10.

"I'm just I am so thankful for the opportunity," Landegren said. "I'm thankful for coach (Madeleine Sheils) for taking the leap of faith with me and I think that we will work together really well. I look forward to the opportunity to help the group of girls grow and help them not only academically, with their career and in whatever I can provide."

Landegren arrives in Boulder after spending the last three years with VISION54, a program that teaches technical, and non-technical fundamentals of the game of golf. She has worked with numerous collegiate teams, helping players manage their body, mind and emotions to enhance a better performance state.

"(VISION54) really emphasize the human skills, what they call it, so how to manage a player's body emotions on the golf course," Landegren said. "They are more so looking at what makes a human being variable and how can I help a player manage their emotions on the golf course. It's given me great feedback as a player but also a great learning experience as a coach and something that I will take with me during my career."

Landegren, who holds dual citizenship with the United States and Sweden, was a member of the Swedish National Team, helping that country win back-to-back European Team championships in 2011 and '12.

Landegren was a three-time Dean's List honoree at Alabama, graduating with her bachelor's degree in Communication in 2017. She's currently enrolled in the LPGA Teacher education program and working on her LPGA Class A teaching certification which she's on track to complete in early 2025.

"I am beyond thrilled to welcome Mia to CU," said Colorado associate head coach Madeline Sheils, who officially becomes the third women's golf coach in team history on July 1. "Mia brings a unique background that is perfectly suited to help our athletes develop both on and off the course.

"Her experience coaching at VISION54 is a huge asset that we look forward to tapping into at practice, in competition, and in team meetings. Her impressive resume as a player for the Swedish National Team, University of Alabama, and professionally on the Epson Tour means she will be a relatable, dependable guide for our student-athletes. Mia is also a burst of positive energy and fresh ideas, and I can't wait for her to get started!"
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BIG congrats to Mr. Boee for being named the Buff's male honoree for the Pac 12's top award!
(I've also just posted the tweet and linked to article in the WBB 2024-25 season thread, but obviously also wish BIG congrats to bball great Ms. Sherrod!)



Direct link to article - https://cubuffs.com/news/2024/6/17/...od-awarded-pac-12-tom-hansen-conference-medal

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BOULDER — Colorado's Magnus Boee and Jaylyn Sherrod were announced as the university's Pac-12 Tom Hansen Conference Medal recipients on Monday.

A Conference Medal is awarded annually to each member institution's outstanding senior male and female student-athlete based on the exhibition of the greatest combination of performance and achievement in scholarship, athletics and leadership.

Conference medal winners have been named annually since the 1960-61 academic year. In 2009, the Pac-12 renamed the award the Tom Hansen Conference Medal in honor of Hansen, who retired at the end of June 2009 after serving for 26 years as Commissioner of the Pac-10.


Magnus Boee, Skiing (Oslo, Norway)

Olympian (PyeongChang, 2018) … World University Games (2023 Lake Placid) … National Skier of the Year (2021 Men's Nordic) … Three Time Individual National Champion (2021 Classic, 2021 Freestyle, 2024 Classic) … Eight-Time All-American … Five-Time First-Team All-American … Three-Time Second-Team All-American … Two-Time RMISA MVP (2021 Classic, 2021 Freestyle) … Two-Time RMISA Individual Champion (2021 Classic, 2021 Freestyle) … Five-Time All-RMISA … Three-Time First-Team All-RMISA (2020, '21, '22) … Second-Team All-RMISA (2023) … Three-Time RMISA Skier of the Week (2020 RMISA Qualifiers, 2021 RMISA Invite #1; 2022 RMISA Invite) … Colorado Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame Collegiate Skier of the Year (2021) … CU Male Athlete of the Year (Winner 2021, Finalist 2023, CUSPY Awards) … 12-Time CU Athlete of the Week … CU Academic Student-Athlete of the Month (April 2020) … Three-Time Buddy Werner Award (2021, '22, '23) … Five-Time Letter Winner (2020, '21, '22, '23, '24) … Five-Time NCAA Qualifier (2020, '21, '22, '23, '24) … Skied in 58 career races with 57 in the top 20, a CU record 50 in the top 10, a CU record 40 in the top 5 and 30 podium appearances with 16 race wins … CU Career Athletic Achievement (All-Sports, CUSPYs) … Three-Time Pac-12 Academic Team/Honor Roll … USCSCA National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team (2020) … Academic Student-Athlete of the Month (April 2020) … Dean's List (2022) … Eight-Time AD's Honor Roll … Buffalo Bicycle Classic Volunteer … Presenter – First Year Program session with new Buffs about finding a job.
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(Full release from the conference - https://pac-12.com/article/2024/06/17/pac-12-conference-names-2023-24-tom-hansen-medal-winners )
 
And (following up on my last 2 posts), congrats overall to Head Nordic Coach (and overall Director of Skiing) Jana Weinberger on being named the NCAA Nordic Coach of the Year!

Article on all 3 of the ski team's National award honorees -



Article - https://cubuffs.com/news/2024/6/28/skiing-weinberger-wolk-luczak-pick-up-national-postseason-honors

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BOULDER – Head coach Jana Weinberger, former assistant alpine coach Chad Wolk and sophomore Magdalena Luczak were all honored with national coach and skier of the year honors by the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association.

Weinberger was named the National Nordic Coach of the Year, Wolk was named the National Alpine Coach of the Year and Luczak was named the National Skier of the Year. Weinberger was also named the RMISA Nordic Coach of the Year by the league's coaches, announced earlier this week.

It's the first time CU has had either the Nordic or alpine coach of the year since 2015, the last time CU won the NCAA Championship, when Richard Rokos (alpine) and Bruce Cranmer (Nordic) won the honors. Rokos also won in 2013 and was presented with the honor several other times in his 31-year career but generally declined to accept the award.

Luczak is the first women's alpine skier at CU to win National Skier of the Year since Mikaela Tommy did so in 2020. The most recent skier to take home a national skier of the year award was Filip Forejtek in 2022, winning the award for men's alpine. Overall dating back to 2008 with the Coaches Association, FasterSkier and Ski Racing Magazine, she is the 12th skier to win a national skier of the year award in those 17 seasons.

Weinberger and the Buffs were responsible for one of the more dramatic NCAA Championships in quite some time. The Buffs, down 57 points midway through the championship and 51 points entering the final day, orchestrated the largest halftime deficit and second-largest final-day comeback in the event's history while also winning by just two points, the smallest margin in the modern scoring era.

It was Weinberger's Nordic Buffs who were responsible for the final day comeback, as the Buffs went from third place and 51 points down prior to the women's race to within 17 points and second place with just the men's 20K classic race left. CU's Magnus Boee won the men's race with Will Koch taking third and Johannes Flaaten taking 11th as CU outscored Utah by 19 points in that race to win the meet, 569.5-567.5 over the five-time defending champion Utes.

CU claimed the mythical Nordic National Championship with 295 points and CU's men's point total of 177 points were also tops at the championship.

Wolk came to CU as the assistant alpine coach prior to the 2022 season and after a successful alpine season for the Buffs, he was thrust into the interim head alpine coaching position a mere days before the start of the 2023 season before returning to the assistant coach spot for the 2024 season. Colorado won six of the 12 individual NCAA alpine championships in his three years, including three in 2024 when Magdalena Luczak won the women's GS race and she along with Filip Wahlqvist, swept the slalom titles to keep the Buffs within reach on super intense night slalom on Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs on the penultimate day of the championships.

After the season, Wolk was name the Head Coach of the FIS Alpine Program for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

On the strength of her individual NCAA Championship sweep, Luczak was named the National Women's Alpine Skier of the Year. One of the more dominating seasons in recent memory, Luczak skied in six collegiate races in 2024 and finished first four times and second twice, earning an overall record of 174-2. She picked up two first-team All-America honors and was named first-team All-RMISA, as well.
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WELCOME and congrats to new Assistant Alpine Skiing Coach Dippy!




Article - https://cubuffs.com/news/2024/7/2/skiing-dippy-hired-as-assistant-alpine-coach

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BOULDER – Jake Dippy has been hired as the Assistant Alpine Coach for the Colorado Buffaloes Ski Team, head coach Jana Weinberger and Alpine Coach Ian Lochhead announced Tuesday.

Dippy comes to CU from the U.S. Ski Team, where he was the ski technician for Jett Seymour on the Europa Cup and World Cup level the past two years. Seymour is the older brother of recently graduated CU skier Chase Seymour and is the top ranked slalom skier in the United States and ranks 33rd in the world entering the 2024-25 season.

"It's really exciting to add Jake to the team," Alpine Coach Ian Lochhead said. "I can't understate how valuable it is to have someone come to us straight from the World Cup, and to have the highest level of skiing and professionalism fresh in his mind. His expertise and experience preparing equipment on the World Cup will bring an immediate impact to our program. Most importantly, he fits well into our team culture and will be a positive addition to the team environment."

While at The U.S. Ski Team, Dippy worked closely with Seymour and others including Ben Ritchie and Luke Winters while developing an understanding for how an elite level team should operate and how to work with elite athletes in all areas of their lives to make them as successful as possible.

Prior to joining the U.S. Ski Team, Dippy worked with the U16 and FIS skiers at the Eldora Ski Club while attending the University of Colorado. He has also worked as a ski tech at Mt. Hood, Oregon and in Vail.

A Colorado native, he was born in Vail and skied competitively for Ski Club Vail from 2006-18 and attended Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy before graduating from Battle Mountain High School in Vail. He enjoys being outside, camping, hiking and fishing in the summers and besides skiing in the winters, also does some wood working.

Dippy replaces Chad Wolk, who was the assistant coach the previous three seasons before moving on to coach at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.
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(From 3 days ago), R.I.P. to some one who sounds like he was a great Buff -



Article - https://cubuffs.com/news/2024/7/3/cu-steamboat-skiing-icon-jim-moose-barrows-passes-away

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CU, Steamboat Skiing Icon Jim "Moose" Barrows Passes Away​

Local & National Legend Was 80

By: David Plati, SID-Emeritus/Athletic Historian

BOULDER —Jim "Moose" Barrows, who skied for the University of Colorado and the U.S. Ski Team before becoming active with the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club (SSWSC), passed away peacefully in his sleep last Friday morning. He was 80.

Barrows started out as a ski jumper, eventually concentrating more on alpine racing, winning several times in the Rocky Mountain Division of U.S. Skiing during the 1961-62 season. He then enrolled at CU and skied for the Buffaloes in the mid-1960s, lettering three times and was the winner of five individual races.

It was at CU where his teammate Spider Sabich nicknamed him "Moose," where he went on to become the nation's premier four event skier, participating at the time in college skiing where athletes could compete in both alpine and Nordic events (which eventually would become more specialized to each discipline). He had seven top five and 25 top 10 finishes in his Buff career.

In 1967 Barrows won one World Cup downhill, and placed seventh in the downhill World Cup for that season, finishing 24th in the overall World Cup. He made the U.S. Olympic Team and competed in the downhill at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France, but did not finish after a tremendous fall that would become legendary. See it here: .

The following year (1969), he rallied to win the North American downhill championship. Injuries hampered his career, however, so he returned to school to finish up at CU, earning his bachelor's degree in Business.

He skied for a few years on the pro circuit in the early 70's, and later became a ski coach and a promoter of ski events and resorts. After retiring from coaching, he devoted much of his time to promoting skiing, developing the concept of self-timing programs and has started a scholarship fund to provide junior skiers in the Yampa Valley with the means to train, amassing several hundred thousand dollars for his efforts. He created the "Moose is Loose" golf tournament that benefited the SSWSC, and also the Mickey Fund that raised money for toys for the sick and injured at Denver's Children's Hospital. He also taught the history of skiing at Colorado Mountain College and was inducted into the U.S. Ski & Snowboard Hall of Fame in 1996.

Bill Marolt, the former CU head ski coach and athletic director who also coached the U.S. Ski Team, was a teammate and lifelong friend of Barrows since they were pre-teenagers. They worked together at ski camps, annual races in Steamboat like the Cowboy Downhill and Barrows even served as Marolt's coach of the downhillers when he was with the U.S. Team. The two talked frequently up until his passing after a long bout with brain cancer.

"Moose Barrows was a bigger than life person, a terrific personality and one of those rare people who simply loved people and developing relationships who always had a smile on his face," Marolt said. "He was a terrific athlete at the local, college and international levels. Plus, he was a really good student. He went on to pro ski racing, and eventually became an entrepreneur in many areas. He loved fishing in mountain streams and lakes and was an awesome storyteller. At the end of the day, he was Steamboat Springs. He grew up there, returned there after his racing days, and passed away in the place he loved the most."

Colorado longtime head coach of the ski team, Richard Rokos, praised Barrows.

"Moose was a legendary Buffalo, remaining close to the program to his last days," he said. "He was around the team for all 35 years of my tenure and was a tremendous supporter. The kids all loved him. He most recently came to the NCAA slalom this March (in Steamboat) wth his typical smile and jokes. He will be missed by all of us!"

Current ski coach Jana Weinberger, who was a teammate of his niece Jessica Gray on the CU Nordic team, echoed the same in saying, "Moose was a legend. I loved seeing him at our annual Ski Ball and at our Steamboat races. Always friendly and kind – a true Buff!"

James Barrows was born April 25, 1944 in Los Angeles before his family relocated to Steamboat when he was seven. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lawrence and his son Mickey, and is survived by his sister, Nancy Gray, brothers Bob and Joe Barrows, nieces Jessica (Aldighieri), Rebecca Gray and Annika Stec and nephew Rob Barrows … and the family would like to include, all those CU alumni that he held close to his heart and did the same toward him. A memorial service is in the final planning stages for the near future.
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From a few days ago, congrats to the FIVE women's golfers who have been named All-American Scholars!



Direct link to article - https://cubuffs.com/news/2024/7/2/womens-golf-five-buffs-earn-wgca-all-american-scholar-honors

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BOULDER — Five Colorado women's golfers were named to the 2023-24 Women's Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) All-American Scholar Team the organization announced on Monday.

Recent graduates Sabrina Iqbal and Lauren Waxer-Gooding were joined by rising senior Maria Eidhagen Harrouch, rising junior Morgan Miller and rising sophomore Francesca Sumcad as Colorado's representatives on the squad.

A total of 1,497 women's collegiate golfers from 412 programs were recognized. To be named a WGCA All-American Scholar, a student-athlete must sport a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher, be an amateur and on the team's roster the entire season and play in at least 50 percent of a program's regular season events.

Waxer-Gooding, named to the All-American Scholar team for the second time, graduated in May with her bachelor's degree in Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design. Iqbal earned her master of science in Organizational Leadership in May.

Eidhagen Harrouch, a Psychology major, played in 23 rounds over eight events as a first year Buffalo. Miller, majoring in Advertising, Public Relations and Media Design, ranked second on the team with a 73.00 stroke average, ranking as the fifth-best single season mark in team history. Sumcad, an Integrative Physiology major, held a stroke average of 75.91 as a freshman, earning one top 20 finish along the way.
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Congrats to 2 GREAT Buffs for the Academic All-American honors!





Article - https://cubuffs.com/news/2024/7/9/cross-country-hertenstein-and-baran-named-to-csc-all-america-team

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BOULDER – Colorado's Bailey Hertenstein and Ella Baran earned College Sports Communicators (CSC) Women's Track and Field / Cross Country 2023-24 First-Team Academic All-America honors, as announced by the CSC on Tuesday.

The 2024 Academic All-District® Track & Field teams recognize the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the track and field and in the classroom. The CSC Academic All-America® program separately recognizes men's and women's track and field honorees in four divisions: NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, and NAIA.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.50 cumulative GPA and a qualifying mark in the top 50 in their respective region. From the all-district, the finalists are voted on by communication directors.

Baran, a native of Plymouth, Minnesota, earned All-Academic honors from USTFCCCA in 2020 and Centennial Academic Honor Roll recognition while at Johns Hopkins. Baran also earned 2020-21 and 2021-22 CoSIDA Academic All-District honors. She was selected as a CSC Academic All-America finalist after placing 11th in the Mountain Region Cross Country Championships. Baran had the top time in the 5,000m in the Mountain Region and ninth in the NCAA indoors. In the 3,000m, she ranked third in the region and 26th in the nation. Baran never missed an NCAA finals appearance. Baran made NCAA first-team All-American after her performance in the 5,000 meters, and she then ended her season by winning the bronze medal at the Canadian Olympic Trials/National Championships on June 27 in Montreal, Canada.

Hertenstein, a native of Tampa, Florida, is a two-time Big Ten Distinguished Scholar, two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, and two-time USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree. She earned her first CSC All-Academic honor by qualifying with three top-50 marks, ranking sixth in the 5k, 38th in the 10k, and 48th in the 1,500m. She grabbed two individual Pac-12 championships in the 10k and 5k. Hertenstein's season ended at the 2024 United States Track and Field Olympic Trials 5,000m semifinals.

Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 21,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III, and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. For more information about the Academic All-America Teams program, visit cosida.com.
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