April 13, 2011

Men's Nordic Ski Awards

MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University men’s Nordic ski team announced its 2010-11 award winners.

Andy Liebner and Martin Banerud were named Most Valuable Skiers. Liebner earned All-America status in the classic and freestyle at NCAA Nationals. Both Liebner and Banerud were named to the All-Central Collegiate Ski Association First Team. The duo finished one and two in the freestyle and classic races at the NCAA Regional as Banerud won both. Liebner won both races at the conference championship.

Chris Bowler was named Most Improved Skier for the second year in a row. He was named to the All-CCSA Second Team. Bowler won the first race of the year at Michigan Tech in the 10k classic. He had a third-place finish in the freestyle at the conference championship and a fourth in the classic at the Regional.

Erik Soderman was named Freshman of the Year. He was named to the All-CCSA First Team and qualified for Nationals after a third-place finish in the freestyle at the Regional. Soderman finished second in freestyle and fourth in the classic at the conference championship.

Martin Banerud was named the first-time winner of the Faiella Award for sportsmanship and leadership.

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