FARMINGTON, Maine -- University of Maine at Farmington freshman Maria Bjoerk (Falun, Sweden) opened UMF's 2012-13 alpine season with a pair of personal best showings at last weekend's FIS Open Slalom event hosted at the Sunday River ski resort in Newry, Maine.
In Saturday's races, Bjoerk finished tied for 15th overall with a combined time of 1:36.57, with a best single run time of 47.80 seconds on the 155m vertical drop course. That performance gave Bjoerk 47.3 FIS points.
Bjoerk followed up on Sunday with a combined time of 1:40.20, with a best single run time of 48.54. She was 14th in Sunday's event, and scored 50.3 FIS points.
Bjoerk came into the weekend with 57 FIS points in slalom events.
Freshman Lindsay Jacques (Jay, Maine) also competed in the FIS Open Slalom races, posting a combined time of 1:58.88 on Saturday.
In the men's slalom events, sophomore Alex Rose (Fayette, Maine) posted a combined time of 1:59.37 on Saturday, before finishing up with a time of 2:00.45 on Sunday.
The FIS Open Slalom events at Sunday River featured skiers from Williams, Bates, Colby, Middlebury, Plymouth State, Harvard, Boston College, and St. Michael's College, as well as competitors from Carrabassett Valley Academy and several of the other top ski academies.
UMF's alpine season continues this Saturday, Dec. 15, with a United States Ski Association (USSA) slalom event at Sugarloaf.