February 28, 2011

Four Wildcat Skiers Named to EISA All-East Team

Paul Atkinson

DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire alpine skier Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario) was named to the All-East First Team by the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association for the second straight season Monday, and three other Wildcats –alpine skier Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va.), and Nordic skiers Clare Egan (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) and Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah)- were feted as All-East Second Team honorees.

The four Wildcats were recognized for ranking in the top 10 during the six-carnival EISA season. The rankings take into account the best two scores of combined disciplines: slalom and giant slalom for alpine races, and classic and freestyle for Nordic competition.

Atkinson, who earned the EISA Skier of the Week award Feb. 21, was the EISA's fifth-ranked alpine skier after compiling a best two combined score of 270 during the campaign. His season high for GS points was 45, at Middlebury and Bates, and his 100-point outburst at St. Lawrence was his top SL performance of the year. The junior posted his first collegiate win, and New Hampshire's lone individual victory of the season, in the SL at the St. Lawrence Carnival (Jan. 15), recorded second-place finishes in SL races at Colby (Jan. 22) and Middlebury (Feb. 18) and tacked on top-5 results in GS at Middlebury (Feb. 19) and at the EISA Championships (Feb. 27).

Zach Clayton
Clayton ranked eighth in men's alpine with a best two combined score of 199, highlighted by 80 points in SL at Vermont and a 50-point showing in GS at Middlebury. The junior's top race of the season was the SL at Vermont (Feb. 5), where he claimed a career-best second place. Clayton also notched fifth place in SL at Dartmouth (Feb. 12) and finished in the top 10 in SL races at the EISA Championships (6th, Feb. 26) Middlebury (10th, Feb. 18), Colby (9th, Jan. 22) and St. Lawrence (6th, Jan. 15).
 
Clare Egan
Egan just missed out on a First Team designation, claiming the No. 6 ranking in women's Nordic with a best two combined tally of 215. The graduate student twice hit for a season-high 60 points in free technique, at St. Lawrence and in the EISA Championships, and totaled 50 points in classical at Dartmouth. Individually, she finished third at the 10K freestyle at St. Lawrence (Jan. 15) and recorded a fourth-place finish in the 15K classic at Dartmouth (Feb. 12), where she also notched sixth in the 5K free (Feb. 11). Additionally, she secured fifth in the 10K classic at Colby (Jan. 21), established eighth-place finishes in both the 15K classic and 5K free at Vermont (Feb. 4-5) and, as part of a 3x3 sprint relay team, captured a victory at Middlebury (Feb. 19) and took second in a 3x5 relay at Colby (Jan. 22).
 
Liz Guiney
Guiney posted a No. 10 ranking with a best two combined two score of 158.  The sophomore racked up season highs of 60 points in classical and 32 points in free technique at St. Lawrence. Among season highlights, Guiney finished third in the 5K classic and 8th in the 10K free at St. Lawrence (Jan. 14-15), placed sixth in the 15K classic at Vermont (Feb. 4), followed that up with a ninth-place finish in the 15K classic at Dartmouth (Feb. 12) and was on the victorious 3x3 sprint relay team at Middlebury (Feb. 19).

The UNH ski team prepares to compete in the NCAA Championships from March 9-12 at the University of Vermont. For more information about UNH skiing, visit www.unhwildcats.com.

 
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