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February 17, 2014
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Nevada Union's Robichaud sweeps events at Alpine

The Nevada Union snowboard team had a double dip at Alpine Meadows to close the regular season, and that suited junior Faith Robichaud just fine.

Making up a divisional race that was cancelled last Monday, the team raced both the slalom and giant slalom events Friday.

Robichaud took first in both.

“It was a big day for Faith,” NU head coach Don Farber said. “She works very hard and deserved this. This will prepare her for state and give her some extra attitude.”

Robichaud won the girls giant slalom event with a two-race combined time of 1 minute, 12.81 seconds. Michaela Haemmig was the next Lady Miner to place in the giant slalom, coming in third with a time of 1:17. Sophie Smith was seventh in a time of 1:29. NU’s Celine Holland placed eighth.

The Lady Miners took first as a team in the girls competition.

In the slalom race, Robichaud set the top mark at 1:30.8, but no one challenged. NU’s Haemmig again was the second Lady Miner to place, coming in sixth with a time of 1:39.41.

“Michaela has come so far and works so hard,” Farber said. “She just loves this so much, it’s great to see her do well.”

Smith came in seventh for NU, and Zoe Favor placed 20th to round things out for the Lady Miners in the slalom race.

On the boys side, Alex Fitanides led the way for NU in the slalom race, placing 10th in a time of 1:34. Luca Innocenti (1:38.01) was 15th, Brad Carrion (1:42.2) was 21st, and Ben Gemetti (1:45) was 25th.

In the giant slalom, Erik Whatley led NU with a ninth place finish in a time of 1:10.4. Carrion (1:11.4) was 10th, Fitanides (1:12.1) took 12th and Innocenti (1:14.21) was 17th.

Next up for NU will be the state championships March 5.

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