NEW GLOUCESTER, Maine – University of New Hampshire Nordic skiers Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah), Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) and Sam Reed (Keene, N.H.) have each been nominated to the New England Nordic Ski Association Elite and Development Team.
Guiney, who was crowned UNH's women's Nordic team MVP, qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second straight season after recording top-10 finishes in 10 of the 11 races on the EISA circuit. The junior co-captain earned the region's No. 10 ranking and secured a berth on the EISA All-East Second Team for the second consecutive year. Guiney claimed membership on the National Ski Coaches Association All-Academic Team for the third year in a row, and she is a nominee for the Capital One Academic All-District Women's At-Large Team, an honor bestowed upon her during the 2010-11 campaign. The Park City, Utah, native was also inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society earlier this month.
Lindgren, the men's Nordic team MVP, was the only male Wildcat Nordic competitor to qualify for the NCAAs. The co-captain, who was ranked 16th in the region, tallied a season-high, sixth-place finish in the 20K classic at Dartmouth, notched 10th place in the 10K classic at Vermont and placed 12th in the 20K free at UNH. The junior was named to the NSCA All-Academic Team for the third straight year and is a nominee for the 2011-12 Capital One Academic All-District Men's At-Large Team. In 2012, he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, Sigma Pi Sigma Honors Society and Pi Mu Epsilon Honors Society
Reed, a freshman, capped a successful initial collegiate campaign by competing at the USSA Cross Country Junior Ski Championships in March. The Keene, N.H., native was tabbed to the NSCA All-Academic Team and earned top 'Cat honors with an 18th-place finish in the 10K classic at the Williams Carnival.
The NENSA Elite and Development team nominee list represents athletes who have had success on a regional, national and international level this past winter. The NENSA teams exist as a program to aid in the appropriate development of top athletes toward the goal of international excellence. To find out more about the teams, visit www.nensa.net.