TOWSON, Md. – Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec) and Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) of the University of New Hampshire ski team were voted to a 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District at-large team, CoSIDA announced Thursday afternoon.
Archambault-Leger, a junior alpine skier with a 3.93 grade-point-average in chemical engineering, is a District 1 University Division First Team honoree and will now be on the national ballot. McNamara, a senior alpine skier with a 3.66 GPA in kinesiology: exercise science, was named to the Second Team.
Archambault-Leger garnered All-America honors in both the slalom and giant slalom at the 2009 NCAA championship, where she placed seventh in slalom and 10th in the giant slalom. She finished in the top-5 six times during the ’09 carnival season and was the top ‘Cat in all six of those races. In the opener at Bates, Archambault-Leger took fourth place in the slalom and fifth place in the giant slalom. The following week at UNH, she placed third overall in the slalom. That was her highest placing of the season; she also took third in the giant slalom at UVM.
Archambault-Leger’s other accolades this season included NCAA All-Academic Team and All-East Second Team.
McNamara finished fifth in the slalom at the NCAA championship to garner All-America status; he also placed 16th in the giant slalom at the NCAAs. He capped the Eastern carnivals by winning the giant slalom and finishing second in the slalom at the EISA Regional Championships. He finished in the top 10 in all 12 Eastern races this season with 10 top-5 finishes overall. McNamara was the top ’Cat in six of 12 races and that included both Middlebury Carnival events in which he was second overall in the SL and third in the GS. He also earned second place in the UVM slalom and UNH giant slalom.
McNamara’s other 2009 accolades included NCAA All-Academic Team and All-East First Team, as well as team MVP (men’s alpine).
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA.
The 13 eligible sports for the women’s at-large team are: bowling, crew, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming & diving, tennis and water polo.
The 12 eligible sports for the men’s at-large team are fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming & diving, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling.
District 1 consists of universities in the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont.