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.
It marked the second All-America performance in as many days for Archambault-Leger, Farrell and Ford.
Farrell, who placed eighth in Thursday’s giant slalom, raced to fifth place overall in Friday’s women’s slalom at Sunday River. She recorded the second-fastest second-run time of 52.16 seconds to jump five spots into fifth. Farrell, who is now an All-American in the slalom all three years as a Wildcat, recorded a time of 52.58 in the first run for an overall mark of 1:44.74.
Archambault-Leger, who placed 10th in the GS, finished in seventh place in the slalom. She was timed in 52.39 in the first run and completed the second run in 53.02 to finish with an aggregate time of 1:45.41.
Cynthia Tessier (Rawdon, Quebec) completed UNH’s scoring in 24th place with a combined time of 1:50.01.
McNamara, who previously garnered All-America accolades in 2006 and 2008, skied to a fifth-place finish in the men’s slalom. He stood in fifth place following his first-run time of 48.97 and held that position with a mark of 49.19 in the second run that produced an overall time of 1:38.16.
Ford, an eighth-place finisher in the giant slalom, completed his first run in 50.20 and the second run in 49.40 to finish in ninth place overall with a time of 1:39.60.
Michael Cremeno (Pembroke, N.H.) rounded out the Wildcats’ scoring in the slalom in 26th place with an overall time of 1:53.28.
The NCAA Skiing Championships conclude March 14 at Black Mountain (Rumford, Maine) with the men’s and women’s freestyle races.