KINGFIELD, Maine – Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) led three University of New Hampshire alpine skiers in the top 10 of the men’s giant slalom with second place overall in the final day of competition at the EISA Regional Championships, which were held Feb. 27-March 1 by Colby College. UNH amassed 216 points Sunday and 705 overall to finish in fourth place.
Dartmouth College won the title with 961.5 points and was followed by University of Vermont (793 points), Middlebury College (732.5) and UNH.
The Wildcats recorded a carnival-best 124 points in the men’s giant slalom. McNamara, who won Friday’s slalom, recorded the second-fastest first run (53.60 seconds) as well as the second-best second run (54.16) to finish second overall with a time of 1:47.76.
Michael Cremeno (Pembroke, N.H.) raced to third place at 1:48.27. He was one of four skiers to record a sub-54 first run (53.72) and was clocked in 54.55 in the second run to retain third place. Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) had an aggregate time of 1:49.94 on runs of 55.36 and 54.58 to earn eighth place and complete the Wildcats’ scoring.
UNH compiled 92 points in the women’s GS for the third-highest team score. Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) was the top ‘Cat with an overall mark of 1:54.78 that was ninth best overall. She completed the first run in 56.90 and the second in 57.88.
Aliza Aylward (Warren, Vt.) and Cynthia Tessier (Rawdon, Quebec) finished within .3-of-a-second of Farrell’s time. Aylward raced to times of 56.42 and 58.47 for an overall mark of 1:54.89 to take 11th place. Tessier finished 12th at 1:55.05 with individual runs of 56.66 and 58.39.
New Hampshire concludes the 2009 season March 11-14 at the NCAA Ski Championships, which will be held by Bates College at Sunday River (Bethel, Maine; alpine) and Black Mountain (Rumford, Maine; Nordic).