EIGHT SKIERS RECEIVE NCAA ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM HONOR
DURHAM, N.H.  – Led by three-time All-American Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.), a total of eight University of New Hampshire skiers were named to the NCAA All-Academic Team earlier this month. McNamara has been selected to the NCAA All-Academic Team all three years as a UNH Wildcat.

Veronique Archambault-Leger
(Verdun, Quebec), Cynthia Tessier (Ste Julienne, Quebec) and Marlijne Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) were UNH’s other repeat selections from the 2007 NCAA All-Academic Team. The Wildcats’ first-time honorees were Emily Capaul (Campton, N.H.), Emily Eastman (Intervale, N.H.), Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) and Michael Lessard (Greene, Maine).

McNamara, whose other 2008 accolades included All-East Second Team, earned All-America status this season for his 10th-place finish in the giant slalom at the NCAA Ski Championship.

Archambault-Leger, a sophomore who also garnered All-East First Team and Bogner Points Champion for Slalom this season, finished in 13th place in the slalom at the NCAA national championships.

Tessier, another sophomore who qualified to compete at the NCAAs, placed 15th in both the slalom and giant slalom at the EISA Championship.

Capaul competed at the NCAA championship as a freshman member of the alpine squad. She finished 16th in the slalom and 25th in the giant slalom at that event.

Ford, a sophomore whose other 2008 honors included All-East Second Team, narrowly missed All-America honors with an 11th-place finish in the slalom at the NCAA ski championship. He also placed 23rd in the giant slalom at the NCAAs.

Lessard completed a successful sophomore season on the Nordic team with 24th place in the 10K freestyle and 30th place in the 15K classic race at the EISA Championship.

Eastman, a senior, and Cook, a junior, raced on the Nordic circuit this season.

The student-athletes honored with this selection attained a grade-point-average of 3.50 or higher in the Fall 2007 semester and competed at the 2008 regional (EISA) championship.

UNH finished the 2008 season with an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Ski Championship.
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