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      NMU Skiers earn regional honors

      Courtesy: NMU

      Northern Michigan University senior Rosie Frankowski and freshman Fredrik Schwencke were voted as the Central Region Female and Male Athletes of the Year as voted by the Central Collegiate Ski Association coaches. In addition, NMU head coach Sten Fjeldheim has been named the Central Region Men's Coach of the Year by the CCSA.

      Frankowski earned the region's top honor after a stellar performance in her final season with the Wildcats. The one-time walk-on was the national runner-up in the 15K skate race at the 2014 NCAA Championships, earning first-team All-American status. Frankowski took sixth in the 5K classic race at nationals, good for a second-team All-American trophy, and also landed the top spot in both the regional and CCSA Championship skate events.

      Schwencke had a breakout freshman campaign for NMU. Like Frankowski, he also collected a pair of All-American spots at the NCAA Championships, taking 10th in the 10K classic before finishing sixth as part of a massive lead pack in the 20K freestyle race. Schwencke found his best form at the right time of the season, helping the Wildcats to both CCSA and regional team championships by landing podium places in both events at the CCSA Championships.

      This is the second straight year that Fjeldheim has been named Central Region Coach of the Year as the 28-year head coach guided the Wildcats to a sweep of the CCSA and Central Regional titles while taking a full complement of Nordic skiers to the NCAA Championship. Earlier this season, Fjeldheim was named the CCSA Coach of the Year for both the men's and women's sides.