ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- Over the last two seasons, the University of New Mexico ski team has twice had a national champion in women’s Nordic, with Eva Sever Rus in 2014 and Emilie Cedervärn in 2015. Both return in 2016, and now head coach Fredrik Landstedt has bolstered the rest of the women’s Nordic lineup with the additions of Kati Roivas and Julia Devaux. The two have been signed to grant in aid (Roivas) and an NLI (Devaux) and will be on campus in August of 2015.
“We are very excited for Kati and Julia to join our program,” said head coach Fredrik Landstedt. “Both should be great additions to the squad, and with Emilie and Eva returning, this will be one of the strongest women’s Nordic sides in the country.”
Roivas will be a sophomore for the Lobos. A transfer from Itä-Suomen yliopisto – University of Eastern Finland, the 20-year old from Liperi, Finland has had a terrific run on the European circuit skiing for Club Liperin Hiihtoseura.
Roivas has had five top-20 finishes in 2015, including a seventh-place finish in the 5K Classical at the National Junior Championships in Kokkola, Finland. She also finished seventh in the National Junior Championships in the 20K mass start freestyle in Keminmaa, Finland in March as well.
Devaux will be a freshman for UNM. Originally from Greboble, France and a graduate of Lycée Jean Prevost, the 21-year old Devaux skis in Europe for Club Villard De lans as well as Team Grenoble Isere Nordique. Since 2013 she has had 12 top-20 finishes and six top-10s, including a third-place finish as part of the 3x5 Freestyle/Classical relay team at Universiade in Strbske Pleso, Slovenia. The next day she grabbed 19th in the 15K freestyle mass start.
Devaux is particularly adept at the shorter sprint races, picking a second place finish in a sprint race at Juniors in Bessans, France, and then getting two top-10s one year later at the same race, both coming in the same day. She has also posted solid results recently in longer races, such as an 18th place finish in the 10K freestyle at Alpen Cup in Oberweisenthal, Germany.
The Lobos finished fifth at the 2015 NCAA Championships in March in Lake Placid, New York. The Lobos were the only school to have two individual national champions, with Emilie Cedervärn winning the 10K Classical mass start race, and Mateja Robnik winning the giant slalom.