|Anya Caldwell Bean|
RIPTON, Vt. – Senior Anya Caldwell Bean (Wolfeboro, N.H.) capped her college career by earning All-America Second Team in the women's Nordic 15K freestyle mass start to help the University of New Hampshire skiing team finish in eighth place at the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships, which wrapped up Saturday at Middlebury College's Rikert Touring Center.
UNH, which matched its top NCAA placement since 1994, totaled 461.5 points. The University of Colorado won the national championship with 708 points, with Utah (665) and Vermont (653) rounding out the Top-3.
Caldwell Bean, an EISA All-East Second Team skier, crossed the finish line in 39 minutes, 26.4 seconds for sixth place to collect her first career All-America placement. The Wildcat Nordic co-captain missed out on a First Team berth by a mere 5.4 seconds. Senior Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah), who was also competing as a Wildcat for the final time, notched 16th place in 40:28.7 for 24 points, while sophomore Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.), New Hampshire's top 'Cat in Thursday's 5K classic, received five points by finishing in 42:33.2 (35th place).
The men's Nordic duo of sophomore Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) and senior Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) concluded the men's 20K free in 36th (54:28.1) and 39th (56:00.2), respectively, for five combined points.
The Wildcats shined brightest in alpine during the NCAAs, posting five All-America performances en route to third place overall with 327 points –behind UVM (402) and Denver (366)- and runner-up in men's alpine with 153 points (UVM, 206). Senior Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.) tallied All-America First Team in slalom and Second Team in giant slalom, junior Sam Coffey (Snowmass, Colo.) garnered First Team in SL, sophomore Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) won First Team in GS and freshman Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) gave the women's alpine squad an All-America Second Team in SL.
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