TOWSON, Md. – Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec) of the University of New Hampshire ski team was one of 15 student-athletes named to the 2010 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Women's At-Large (University Division) Second Team on Thursday.
Archambault-Leger was eligible for this national accolade after being selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team, Women's At-Large Division in May. Last year, she was also an Academic All-District First Team honoree and went on to garner Academic All-America Third Team recognition.
Archambault-Leger, recipient of UNH's 2010 Jim Urquhart Student-Athlete of the Year, truly epitomized the word student-athlete by excelling both in the classroom and on the ski slopes all four years as a UNH Wildcat. In her career, Archambault-Leger was a five-time All-American, four-time NCAA All-Academic Ski Team honoree and four time All-East selection who recorded 31 top-five finishes, including nine victories, in the Eastern carnival circuit. She served as captain in both her junior and senior seasons. Archambault-Leger's other career accolades included 2007 EISA Rookie of the Year, EISA slalom points champion in both '07 and '08 as well as giant slalom points champion in '07.
She finished with seven top-10 finishes during the 2010 EISA season, including first place in the slalom and third place in the giant slalom at the Eastern championships, and was UNH's top skier in five races. Archambault-Leger was particularly strong in the slalom, in which she raced to third place at both the Dartmouth and Vermont carnivals and did not finish lower than seventh at any carnival. She then raced to eighth place in the slalom at the NCAA championships to garner All-America accolades in her final race as a collegian. And she accomplished all that despite incurring three injuries during the year – a sprained thumb in the pre-season, a dislocated shoulder in the second week of the carnival season (she competed the following week and raced to third place in the slalom and ninth in the giant slalom) and a broken hand one week prior to the Eastern Championships.
Archambault-Leger graduated in May with a Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering. She compiled a 3.93 cumulative grade-point-average, which was the highest in her class within her major, and that included four semesters with a perfect 4.0 (including this past spring semester) and no semester lower than a 3.81.
Archambault-Leger was the recipient of four academic excellence awards in chemical engineering and also received a UNH Presidential Scholarship. Furthermore, she was awarded UNH's 2010 Dean Williamson Award, which is presented to “a senior who has been outstanding and well-rounded in extracurricular activities, scholarship, athletics and loyalty to the University.”
Archambault-Leger will be attending the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College in the fall.