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DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire ski team recently held its annual team banquet at which the program recognized the accomplishments of the 2008 team, which placed 11th at the NCAA Skiing Championships, and its student-athletes.
      The Point Champion of each discipline – Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec; women’s alpine), Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.; men’s alpine), Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.;women’s Nordic) and Dylan McGuffin (Northfield, N.H.; men’s Nordic) –  earned team MVP honors. It marked the second consecutive year that Archambault-Leger, Ford and Wright received that distinction.



STANDINGS

WESTLAKE, Ohio
– The National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics recently announced that the University of New Hampshire ranks 81st out of 365 Division I schools in the NACDA Directors’ Cup standings at the end of the winter sport season.
     The Wildcats have amassed 162 points, including the 25 points they tallied during the fall season. The ski team, which stands 11th overall, provided 57 points, while the third-ranked women’s hockey team supplied 55 points and the ninth-ranked men’s hockey team kicked in another 25.


NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine --  A total of seven Nordic skiers on the University of New Hampshire ski team were named New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) Development Team nominees, the organization announced recently.
      Natasha Kullas (Timmins, Ontario) and Katie Miller (Lenox, Mass.) were named to the OJ Girls team while Harrison Harb (Contoocook, N.H.) was selected to the OJ Boys team. Marlijne Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) and Heather Zimmerman (Bethel, Maine) received U-23 Women accolades and Michael Lessard (Greene, Maine) was a U-23 Men selection. Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.) rounded out the UNH contingent with selection to the Collegiate Women squad.



DURHAM, N.H.  – Led by three-time All-American Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.), a total of eight University of New Hampshire skiers were named to the NCAA All-Academic Team earlier this month. McNamara has been selected to the NCAA All-Academic Team all three years as a UNH Wildcat.
      Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec), Cynthia Tessier (Ste Julienne, Quebec) and Marlijne Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) were UNH’s other repeat selections from the 2007 NCAA All-Academic Team. The Wildcats’ first-time honorees were Emily Capaul (Campton, N.H.), Emily Eastman (Intervale, N.H.), Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) and Michael Lessard (Greene, Maine).



ANCHORAGE, Alaska  — Katie Miller (Lenox, Mass.) and Harrison Harb (Contoocook, N.H.), both of whom competed as freshmen on the University of New Hampshire ski team in 2008, recently competed at the U.S. Junior National competition.
      Miller competed in the Olympic Junior Girls 18-19 year old 5K freestyle race and completed the course in 16 minutes, 54.3 seconds to finish in fourth place. Harb raced in the Olympic Junior Boys 18-19 year old 10K freestyle event and was timed in 29:55.2 to finish in 16th place.



BOZEMAN, Mont. Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) raced to a sixth-place finish in Saturday’s women’s slalom to earn All-America accolades in the final day of competition at the NCAA Skiing Championships at the University of Montana’s Bridger Bowl.
     UNH finished with a four-day total of 286 points to place 11th in the national championship, which featured 21 teams; New Hampshire also finished 11th in the ’07 NCAAs. The Wildcats’ men’s and women’s alpine squads each recorded the third-best team score in Saturday’s slalom races. All three women finished in the top 20 to earn 85 points while the men had two skiers in the top 15 and amassed 70 points.


BOZEMAN, Mont.Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) of the University of New Hampshire raced to 10th place Thursday in the giant slalom at the 2008 NCAA Skiing Championship to earn his third career All-America honors.

Through three days of competition, which included Nordic freestyle races on Wednesday and the mass start classic on Friday in addition to the giant slalom competition, UNH is in 14th place with 131 points.

McNamara, who was a two-time All-American in 2006, led the Wildcats’ alpine squad to the fourth-highest team score in the giant slalom with 70 points. He completed his first run in 51.54 seconds and second run in 49.57 for an overall time of 1:41.11.




DURHAM, N.H.  – The University of New Hampshire ski team will have a total of eight student-athletes, including All-America honorees Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec), Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) and Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.), competing at the 2008 NCAA Skiing Championships, which will be held March 5-8 at Montana State University’s Bridger Bowl (alpine) and  Bohart Ranch (Nordic).

The Wildcats, who placed 11th in last year’s national championship, will send a full allotment of six alpine skiers as well as two Nordic skiers. Joining Archambault-Leger, Farrell and McNamara on the alpine slopes will be Emily Capaul (Campton, N.H.), Michael Cremeno (Pembroke, N.H.) and Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.); Cynthia Tessier (Ste Julienne, Quebec) also qualified to compete. The Nordic races will include UNH’s Natasha Kullas (Timmins, Ontario) and Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.).




MIDDLEBURY, Vt.Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec) placed second in both the slalom and giant slalom to garner All-East First Team honors and lead the University of New Hampshire ski team to a fourth-place finish at the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Championships, which were hosted by Middlebury College from Feb. 22-23.
    In addition to receiving All-East First Team accolades, Archambault-Leger was feted as the Bogner Point Leader in Slalom as the women’s highest point scorer in that discipline. Three men’s alpine skiers – Michael Cremeno (Pembroke, N.H.), Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) and Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) — garnered All-East Second Team recognition, as did Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.) for her season-long efforts in the Nordic disciplines.



WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The University of New Hampshire women’s Nordic team recorded the second highest team score in both the 5K freestyle and classic 3x3 relay – and men’s alpine tallied the second-highest team score in the giant slalom – to lead the Wildcats to a third-place finish in the Williams Winter Carnival, which was held Feb. 15-16.
      UNH amassed 587.5 points as the Wildcats were narrowly defeated by Dartmouth College (617 points) and Middlebury College (608) in the 11-team event. In Friday’s opening day of races, the women’s Nordic team tallied the second-highest score in the 5K freestyle with four skiers in the top 10 and the men’s alpine squad recorded the second-best score in the giant slalom with three Wildcats in the top 10.




HANOVER, N.H.Michael Cremeno (Pembroke, N.H.), Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) and Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) all finished in the top eight of the men’s giant slalom to lead the University of New Hampshire ski team to first place in that event and fourth place overall in the Dartmouth Winter Carnival, which was held Feb. 8-9.
     Cremeno recorded the fastest time of 56:09 seconds on the second run of Friday’s GS at Dartmouth Skiway to climb to second place overall in 1 minute, 54.65 seconds. McNamara completed his runs in 58.17 and 56.64 for a mark of 1:54.81 in sixth place and Ford captured eighth place in 1:55.25.

 




STOWE, Vt.Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec) and Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) both recorded a top-five finish in the alpine events to lead the University of New Hampshire ski team to a fourth-place finish at the University of Vermont Winter Carnival, which was held Feb. 1-2 at Mt. Mansfield (alpine) and Trapp Family Lodge (Nordic).
    UNH finished with a total of 513 points to place behind Middlebury College (628 points), University of Vermont (624.5) and Dartmouth College (604) in the 11-team event.



CANTON, N.Y. – Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec) and Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.) both raced to a pair of top-10 finishes to lead the University of New Hampshire ski team to a fourth-place finish at the St. Lawrence University Winter Carnival, which was held Jan. 18-19.
     Archambault-Leger took second place in the women's slalom and seventh place in the women's giant slalom while Wright earned fifth place in the women's 5K freestyle and seventh place in the women's 15K classic.



LEWISTON, Maine  Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec) captured first place in the women’s slalom to lead the University of New Hampshire ski team to a fourth-place finish at the Bates Winter Carnival, which was held Jan. 11-13.
    
New Hampshire amassed a total of 574 points to finish behind Dartmouth College (738.5 points), Middlebury College (711) and University of Vermont (650.5) in the 12-team event.
    
Archambault-Leger, who earned All-America honors in both slalom and giant slalom – as well as seven first-place finishes on the carnival circuit – last year as a freshman, took top honors in the first race of 2008 with a two-run time of 1 minute, 36.46 seconds in Saturday’s slalom race at Sunday River. She was the only skier to record a sub-48 second first run with a time of 47.38.


DURHAM, N.H. – Led by the core of All-Americans Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec), Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) and Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.), the University of New Hampshire ski team will once again make its presence felt on the Eastern circuit as well as at the NCAA Ski Championship in 2008 under the guidance of 23rd-year ski coordinator and Nordic coach Cory Schwartz.
      UNH, which was host of last year’s NCAAs and placed 11th overall, opens the 2008 season Jan. 11-12 at the Bates Carnival with the alpine events at Sunday River and the Nordic races at Black Mountain. The Wildcats look to end 2008 with a strong contingent of skiers at the NCAA Ski Championships, which will be held March 5-8 by Montana State University.



DURHAM, N.H. – A total of 11 members of the University of New Hampshire ski team will be among the 450 competitors at the 2008 U.S. Cross Country Championship that takes place Jan. 1-6 at the Michigan Tech Nordic Training Center in Houghton, Mich.
       “Going to U.S. Nationals gives our athletes great exposure to the best athletes in the country,” 23rd-year UNH ski coordinator and Nordic head coach Cory Schwartz said. “It will be a great experience for the team before our college circuit begins.”



PRESQUE ISLE, MaineMarlijne Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.), Natasha Kullas (Timmins, Ontario) and Steven Bedard (Cheshire, Mass.) highlighted a weekend of competition for the University of New Hampshire Nordic skiers at the TAMC/TD Banknorth Eastern Cup Opener that was held at the Nordic Heritage Sport Center on Dec. 15-16.
     Cook placed second in the women's 5K Classic race as well as sixth in the Freestyle Sprint, whereas Kullas was third in the 5K Classic and fifth in the Freestyle Sprint. Bedard placed seventh in the Freestyle Sprint as well as 10th in the 10K Classic.




DURHAM, N.H.  – The Sixth Annual Ski Sale at the University of New Hampshire will be held Oct. 28 – the Sunday of Parents’ Weekend – at the UNH Field House from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
     The huge inventory will include new and used equipment such as skis, boards, skates and apparel. There will also be a free raffle for NH ski area tickets. The public is invited to bring equipment to sell; all items must be brought into the Field House on the day of the event between 8-9:30 a.m. to be included as part of the Sixth Annual Ski Sale (unsold items may be picked up after 4 p.m.).


DURHAM, N.H.  – Cory Schwartz, the 22nd-year ski coordinator at the University of New Hampshire, has announced that Brian Blank has been hired as the University’s alpine head coach, effective immediately. Blank, a 1995 graduate of UNH who has over 10 years of experience as an alpine ski racing coach as well as 15 years experience as an alpine ski racer, lettered on the UNH ski team from 1991-95 and served as team captain in 1994-95.




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