Ski Team Welcomes Seven Recruits for 2011-12 Season
DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire ski coordinator and Nordic head coach Cory Schwartz announced the incoming recruits for both the Wildcats' Nordic and alpine ski teams for the 2011-12 school year Friday. The class features four men's Nordic skiers, two women's Nordic skiers and one men's alpine skier.
Per Lindgren will travel to the Granite State by way of Pitea, Sweden, to join his brother Erik, a junior, on the men's Nordic team. The younger Lindgren finished runner-up in Sweden's 2011 Junior National Championship relay race. Top individual finishes of his Swedish Junior Cup season included third place in the 10-kilometer classic in Zinkgruvan, fourth in the 5k classic in Pitea and sixth in the 15k classic in Torsby.
Will Meyer journeys to New Hampshire from Bozeman, Mont., to join the men's Nordic team. Meyer competed for the Bridger Ski Foundation and was a two-time member of the Intermountain Junior National Team. In 2010, he finished 14th in the Soldier Hollow Western Super Qualifier 15k classic.
Coley Oliver, the lone men's alpine skier in this recruiting class, comes to Durham by way of Park City, Utah. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native skied for the Park City Ski Team in Salt Lake City.
Tristan Ramey of Anchorage, Alaska, is geared up to join the women's Nordic ski team after competing for the Alaska Winter Stars. Ramey, a two-time member of the Alaska state Nordic ski championships All-State Team, tallied a third-place finish in the classic relay at the 2011 Junior Olympics and placed 10th in the 10k classic at the 2010 Junior Olympics.
Sam Reed of Keene, N.H., will venture across the state to compete for the men's Nordic team next season. The Keene High School graduate, who was also a member of the Black Birds' cross country and track & field teams, participated in the 2011 Junior National Championships in Minneapolis and skied for the Gunstock Nordic Association in Gilford, N.H., in 2010 and '11.
Johnny Springer, who hails from Jackson, Wyo., is a three-time All-State Nordic skier in the "Equal Rights" state. He captured first place in skate and classic at the 2010 Wyoming State Championships and was named an All-American following a ninth-place finish in sprint at the 2010 Junior Nationals in Presque Isle, Maine. In 2009, Springer registered second-place finishes in skate and classic at the state championships and notched All-American honors in Junior Nationals, taking seventh place in the 15k skate in Truckee, Calif. He previously earned All-America recognition in classic sprint, skate mass start and classic interval start at the 2008 Junior Nationals in Anchorage, Alaska.
Truckee, Calif., native Annika Taylor will join the women's Nordic team on the heels of her third California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation (CNISSF) state championship in 2011. She also tallied CNISSF state championships in 2008 and 2010 and was tabbed a CNISSF league champion three years in a row from 2009-11. Taylor, a product of California's Auburn Ski Club and the Far West Ski Education Association, competed in the Junior Olympics in both 2009 and 2010, taking fifth place in the 5k classic in '09 and securing ninth place in the 10k classic and classic sprint in '10.
"This year's recruiting class demonstrates that our program's success has made UNH an attractive destination for skiers both nationally and internationally," Schwartz said, "We are excited to add these six student-athletes to the fold for next season."
The seven newcomers join a UNH ski team that has finished in the top 10 at the NCAA Championships for three consecutive years, its best three-year run since 1998-2000. The Wildcats' eighth-place overall finish in the 2011 NCAAs was the program's best placement in 11 years.
For more information on the UNH ski program, visit www.unhwildcats.com.