February 25, 2012

Ski Team ties for 3rd place at EISA Championship

Liz Guiney

MIDDLEBURY & STOWE, Vt. – University of New Hampshire women's Nordic skier Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) notched a season-best fifth-place finish in Saturday's women's 15K classic, and alpine skier Jenna Kantor (East Burke, Vt.) secured a career-best third-place result in giant slalom to lead the Wildcats to a third-place tie at the EISA Championship, hosted by Middlebury College.

UNH amassed a season-high 724.5 points to tie Middlebury for third place, while Vermont won the championship with 955 points and Dartmouth took runner-up honors with 848 points.

Guiney, who registered her 10th top-10 finish in 11 races, chalked up 39 points by completing the 15K classic in 1 hour, 6 minutes, 5.0 seconds. Tristan Ramey (Anchorage, Alaska) collected 30 points by finishing in 11th place (1:07:16.8), and Danielle Baron (Gilford, N.H.) closed out her EISA career by tallying her first points of the season. The Nordic team co-captain scored 26 points and finished a season-best 16th in 1:07:49.7, giving New Hampshire a total of 95 points and third place, behind Vermont (127) and Dartmouth (116).

Kantor sped to a combined time of 2 minutes, 5.72 seconds in the GS for 44 points, just ahead of teammate Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario), who matched a season high by taking fourth place in 2:06.53 for 41 points. Catherine Blanchard (Eastman, Quebec) tied for 17th place in a time of 2:08.42 for 22.5 points. The 'Cats totaled 107.5 points in to finish second to UVM (127).

The UNH men's alpine team took fourth in GS with a combined 93 points, paced by the sixth-place finish of Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah), who crossed the finish line in 2:00.24 for 37 points. Zach Clayton (Manassas, Va.) took 12th place in 2:01.13 for 30 points, and Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) scored 26 points courtesy of his 18th-place effort of 2:01.80. UVM won men's GS with 135 points.

Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) recorded the fastest time among Wildcat men's Nordic skiers in the 20K classic by clocking in at 1 hour, 21 minutes, 3.9 seconds for 16th place (26 points). Erik's younger brother Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) claimed 21st place and 22 points in a time of 1:21:40.0, while Johnny Springer (Jackson, Wyo.) earned 19 points with a 25th-place finish of 1:22:28.4. UNH, with 67 points, came in fifth place in the race won by Dartmouth (132).

With the EISA racing season complete, the UNH ski team will turn its attention to the NCAA Championships, hosted by Montana State University, from March 7-10 in Bozeman, Mont. The Wildcats will announce their NCAA representatives early in the upcoming week. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com or www.unhskiing.com.

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