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     DURHAM, N.H. - University of New Hampshire Athletic Director Marty Scarano has announced the release of the State of Athletics, which highlights the 2008-09 Wildcat season. Within this report you will find team-by-team accomplishments, both in the field of competition and in the classroom that will illustrate another highly successful year in Wildcat athletics.




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.




DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire ski team recently held its annual team banquet to honor an MVP in all four disciplines and recognize the overall accomplishments of a team that finished ninth in the NCAA championships as well as second at the UNH Carnival during the Eastern circuit.
    Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) and Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) were named the women’s and men’s alpine MVPs, respectively, while Dylan McGuffin (Concord, N.H.) was feted as the men’s Nordic MVP and Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.) received the women’s Nordic MVP.
    Head coach Cory Schwartz also cited head alpine coach Brian Blank as the EISA Alpine Coach of the Year as well as the 10 student-athletes named to the NCAA All-Academic Team, the five skiers who garnered All-America accolades and the quintet that received All-East honors.




DURHAM, N.H.Kacey Bellamy (Westfield, Mass.) of the women's ice hockey team and Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) of the men's ski team were named the 2009 recipients of the Jim Urquhart Student-Athlete of the Year by the University of New Hampshire athletic department at Tuesday night’s annual Senior Banquet.
     The Tina True Memorial Award, given annually since 2007 to two Wildcat athletes for their commitment to strength and conditioning, was presented to Bellamy and Tom Bishop (Newfield, N.Y.), a senior punter/placekicker on the football team.




DURHAM, N.H. – The quartet of All-Americans Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec), Michael Cremeno (Pembroke, N.H.), Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) and Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) highlight a list of 10 University of New Hampshire skiers named to the 2009 NCAA All-Academic Team.
    McNamara has been selected to the NCAA All-Academic Team all four years as a Wildcat – 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Archambault-Leger and Marlijne Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) were honored for the third consecutive year while both Ford and Michael Lessard (Greene, Maine) were repeat selections from ’08.
    Cremeno is one of five UNH first-time honorees. The University’s other 2009 NCAA All-Academic Team members are Alex Norden (Eaton, N.H.), Sam Norden (Eaton, N.H.), Ethan Weibrecht (Lake Placid, N.Y.) and Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.).




RESULTS
RUMFORD, Maine
Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.) finished 14th in the women’s 15K freestyle technique race on the final day of competition to help the University of New Hampshire ski team to a ninth-place finish at the 2009 NCAA Skiing Championships, which were held by Bates College from March 12-14 at Black Mountain and Sunday River.
   UNH returns to the top 10 for the first time since 2006, when the Wildcats also finished in ninth place; the ‘Cats had finished 11th each of the past two years. New Hampshire compiled 394 points overall and had the second-highest alpine team score of 353 on the strength of eight All-America performances.




RESULTS
BETHEL, Maine
– Bolstered by All-America efforts from Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec), Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario), Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) and Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.), the University of New Hampshire ski team climbed to seventh place following Friday’s day of competition at the 2009 NCAA Skiing Championships, which are being held by Bates College.
    The Wildcats amassed a total of 173 points in the slalom competitions to raise their two-day total to 368 points. The UNH women’s alpine team compiled 89 points, which was the third-highest team score, in the slalom. The men’s alpine squad also tallied the third-highest team total in the slalom with 84 points.




RESULTS
BETHEL and RUMFORD, Maine
  — Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec), Michael Cremeno (Pembroke, N.H.), Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) and Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) of the University of New Hampshire ski team each garnered All-America recognition in Thursday’s opening day of competition at the 2009 NCAA Skiing Championships, which are being held by Bates College at Sunday River and Black Mountain.
   All four Wildcats received All-America accolades in the giant slalom, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday but was postponed due to inclement weather. Both the men’s and women’s alpine squads, comprised of the maximum allotment of three skiers, recorded the third-best team scores with 93 and 87 points, respectively. The Nordic team garnered 15 points to bring UNH’s one-day total to 195 points, which places the ‘Cats in ninth place overall.




SCHEDULE | CHAMPIONSHIP PAGE
BETHEL, Maine
— Due to harsh weather conditions, the men's and women's giant slalom competition at the NCAA Skiing Championships scheduled for Wednesday, March 11 have been postponed and are rescheduled to Thursday, March 12 at the same time (women: 9 a.m.; men: 12:30 p.m.).
    The Nordic events will proceed as originally scheduled on March 12: the men's 10K classical race starts at 10 a.m., followed by the women's 5K classical race at 12 p.m.




NCAA Championship Page | Alpine course | Nordic course
DURHAM, N.H. – Led by All-East First Team honorees Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) and Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.), the University of New Hampshire ski team will have a full alpine contingent and seven student-athletes overall competing at the 2009 National Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Skiing Championships. The event, hosted by Bates College, will be held March 11-14 at Sunday River (Bethel, Maine) and Black Mountain (Rumford, Maine).
   Ford and McNamara will be joined in the alpine competition by All-East Second Team selections Michael Cremeno (Pembroke, N.H.), Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec) and Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario), as well as Cynthia Tessier (Rawdon, Quebec). Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.) will be the lone Wildcats’ competitor in the Nordic events.




This is the ninth installment of  “Cat Trax,” a series of feature stories that will periodically appear on the UNH athletics web site.
   By Patrick Villanova, UNH Athletic Media Relations
DURHAM, N.H. — Ever since he could walk, Willie Ford has been on a pair of skies, carving his own trail on the slopes. Years of training led him to the  University of New Hampshire, where he has quickly ascended into the elite tier of collegiate skiers. But despite all of the individual accolades and success he has enjoyed this season and throughout his career, Ford is not done.
   After placing 11th in the slalom in last year’s NCAA Championships and missing All-America honors by the narrowest of margins, the standout junior is set to compete again next week and has high hopes for this year’s event.




KINGFIELD, MaineBrian Blank, second-year alpine coach at the University of New Hampshire, was honored as the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association Alpine Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the EISA Regional Championships that were held Feb. 27 to March 1. Five of his UNH protégées earned All-East accolades and that included Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) and Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) on the First Team.
     Michael Cremeno (Pembroke, N.H.) earned All-East Second Team recognition in men’s alpine and fellow Wildcats Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec) and Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) garnered Second Team honors in women’s alpine.



RESULTS
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.




RESULTS
KINGFIELD, Maine
  — Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.) finished sixth overall in Saturday’s women’s 15K mass start freestyle race to highlight the University of New Hampshire ski team’s effort in the second day of action at the Eastern Championships, which are being held by Colby College.
   UNH, which was in fourth place following Friday’s slalom and classic competitions, is tied for fourth place with Colby at 489 points. Dartmouth College (755 points) is in first place and is followed by Middlebury College (582) and University of Vermont (560). Hazardous ski conditions postponed the giant slalom runs until Sunday.




RESULTS
SUGARLOAF, Maine Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) won the men’s slalom to lead the University of New Hampshire ski team to a fourth-place finish following Friday’s opening day of the Eastern Championships, which are being hosted by Colby College at Sugarloaf USA.
   UNH amassed 352 points, including a carnival-best 120 points in the men’s slalom, to trail behind Dartmouth College (491 points), Middlebury College (369) and University of Vermont (364).
   It marked the fourth individual win of the 2009 season for a UNH men’s alpine skier and first in McNamara’s highly-accomplished four-year career. McNamara was the only skier clocked in under 44 seconds – at 43.99 – to finish .84 ahead of the nearest competitor in the only slalom run.




RESULTS
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – With three top-10 alpine finishes and a third-place finish in the women’s 3x5K freestyle relay on Saturday, the University of New Hampshire finished in fourth place overall with 697.5 points at the Middlebury Carnival.
   In the women’s Nordic competition at Rikert Touring Center, UNH’s combination of Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.), Marlijne Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) and Katie Miller (Lenox, Mass.) finished third overal. Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) and Michael Cremeno (Penbroke, N.H.) finished third and sixth, respectively, in the men's giant slalom and Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) was seventh in the women's GS.




RESULTS
MIDDLEBURY,
Vt. – The University of New Hampshire men’s alpine team remained perfect on the 2009 EISA season by recording the highest team score of 123 points in Friday’s slalom at the Middlebury Carnival. The UNH ski team recorded 338.5 total points for fourth place overall after Day 1 of competition.
   Dartmouth College (449.5 points) is atop the standings and is followed by University of Vermont (444) and Middlebury College.



RESULTS
HANOVER & LYME CENTER, N.H.Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) completed a weekend sweep of the men’s alpine events at the Dartmouth Carnival with a first-place finish in Saturday’s slalom competition, and that highlighted the University of New Hampshire ski team’s fourth-place finish.
    The UNH men’s alpine squad recorded the highest team score in the slalom – the Wildcats have been atop the alpine races all eight EISA races this season – with 129 points. New Hampshire finished with 713.5 points overall




RESULTS
HANOVER & LYME CENTER
N.H.Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) captured first place in the men’s giant slalom for the second time in the past three weeks to lead the University of New Hampshire ski team to fourth place following the first day of competition at the Dartmouth Carnival on Friday.
    The men’s alpine squad compiled a carnival-best 115 points and the women’s team amassed 105 points to place third. The Nordic teams combined to produce 132.5 points for an overall score of 352.5.



RESULTS
STOWE, Vt. – The University of New Hampshire ski team amassed 124 points in Sunday’s Nordic races to finish with 735.5 points overall and in third place at the UVM Winter Carnival, which was held Feb. 6-8.
   UNH, which led after the first day of competition and entered Sunday in second place, garnered 75 points in the men’s 15K classic race and 59 points in the women’s 10K classic at the Trapp Family Lodge.




RESULTS
STOWE,
Vt. – Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) and Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) recorded top-5 finishes Saturday to lead the University of New Hampshire ski team to a first-place finish in the men’s slalom and second place overall through two days of competition at the UVM Winter Carnival, which concludes Sunday.
   UNH, which led after Day 1, has a total of 611 points. The men’s alpine team has recorded the highest team score in both the slalom and giant slalom at all three EISA winter carnivals this season. They tallied 118 points on Saturday.



RESULTS
STOWE, Vt.  – Michael Cremeno (Pembroke, N.H.), Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) and Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) finished 2-3-4 in the men’s giant slalom to lead the University of New Hampshire ski team to first place after one day of competition at the UVM Winter Carnival, which continues Saturday and Sunday.
    For the third time in as many weeks, the men’s alpine squad recorded the highest team score in the giant slalom with 131 points. The women’s alpine contingent tallied the second-highest team score of 106 to give UNH an overall mark of 237 points.
   The UNH women’s team also had a pair of top-5 finishers with Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec) in third place and Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) in fourth, just .03-of-a-second behind her teammate.




RESULTS
BARTLET and
JACKSON, N.H.Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H) finished third and Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) fifth in the slalom to lead the University of New Hampshire men’s alpine squad to first place in that event and the UNH ski team to second place overall at the UNH Carnival, which was held Jan. 30-31.
   New Hampshire, in first place after the first day of competition, amassed a total of 834 points to finish behind only Dartmouth College (901 points). It marked the first time in more than a dozen years that the Wildcats led after one day of a carnival as well as their highest overall finish in that span.



RESULTS
Bartlet and Jackson, N.H.Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.), Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) and Michael Cremeno (Pembroke, N.H.) raced to a 1-2-3 finish in the men’s giant slalom to lead the University of New Hampshire ski team to first place after Friday’s day of competition at the UNH Carnival.
   UNH recorded the highest team score in both the men’s (141 points) and women’s (122) giant slalom, while in the classic sprints the women’s Nordic squad tallied the second-highest score (116) and the men (94) took third for a total of 473 points.




RESULTS
BETHEL, Maine – The University of New Hampshire men’s alpine team – led by a pair of top 10 finishes by Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) and Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.H.) – captured first place in both disciplines to lead the Wildcats to a third-place overall finish at the Bates Winter Carnival, which was held Jan. 23-24.
   UNH amassed a total of 735 points to place behind Dartmouth College (902 points) and the University of Vermont (845) in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association season opener. Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec) also had a pair of top-10 finishes in the alpine races.




DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire ski team, guided by 24th-year ski coordinator & Nordic head coach Cory Schwartz, will continue its presence as a top Eastern team in the 2009 season, particularly in the alpine discipline, and the Wildcats look to regain status as a top-10 team in the nation when they compete at the NCAA Championships in March.
    UNH, which has finished 11th overall in each of the last two NCAA Ski championships, opens the ‘09 Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association carnival season Jan. 23-24 at Bates College. The Wildcats will also end the season at those venues, which will be the site of the NCAAs. In between, UNH will compete in five carnivals and that includes the one it will host at Attatash (alpine) and Jackson (Nordic) on Jan. 30-31.




STOWE, Vt.Steven Bedard (Cheshire, Mass.) and Dylan McGuffin (Northfield, N.H.) of the University of New Hampshire ski team both recorded a fourth-place finish at the TD Banknorth Eastern Cup Opener, which was held Dec. 20-21 at the Trapp Family Lodge.
     Bedard earned his distinction in the Men Sprint race and teammate Harrison Harb (Contoocook, N.H.) was 12th. McGuffin earned fourth place in the Men Distance competition and Michael Lessard (Greene, Maine) followed in 14th. In the Women' Distance, Marlijne Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) finished 11th overall.




PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. – Both Dan Guiney (Park City, Utah) and Marlijne Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) of the University of New Hampshire ski team raced to victory at the Atomic Sprints at Great Glen, which opened the New England race season Dec. 6 on Geepers Loop at Great Glen Trails.
     Fellow  UNH Wildcats Steven Bedard (Cheshire, Mass.) and Kathryn Walsh (Stillwater, Minn.) also advanced through the qualifying and subsequent heats to advance to the final race.




DURHAM, N.H.  – The Seventh Annual Ski Sale at the University of New Hampshire will be held Oct. 26 – 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 Seventh Annual Ski Sale.




DURHAM, N.H.—The University of New Hampshire athletic department released the nine names of those being inducted into the Hall Of Fame in 2008. The announcement was made today by UNH Director of Athletics Marty Scarano.
    The inductees will be honored on Friday, Sept. 19, 2008 at the Hall of Fame Banquet, which will be held in Huddleston Hall. The event is set to begin at 6 p.m.
This year’s class includes;Ty Conklin ’01 (men’s ice hockey), Grover Daniels ’79 (men’s skiing), Stacy Fimple-Glidden ’96 (Field Hockey), David Gamble ’93 (football), Theresa Redmond-Stevens ’83 (women’s basketball), Mary Beth Sydlowski-Pichette ’92 (women’s soccer), Kate Scanlon-Gehn ’92 (women’s crew), Ian Smith ’99 (men’s swimming), and David O’Connor ’66 (football and hockey), who is the winner of the Leitzel Award.  CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR HALL OF FAME BANQUET




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