Skiing's Larusson Named Rookie of Year; Five Wildcats Tabbed to All-East Second Team

HANCOCK & RIPTON, Vt. – University of New Hampshire freshman Katrin Larusson (Truckee, Calif.) was named the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) women's Nordic Rookie of the Year to highlight five Wildcats named Saturday to the All-East Second Team. Larusson was joined by men's Nordic racers Eirik Fosnaes (Hovik, Norway) and Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden), and alpine skiers Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario).

The All-East Teams recognize the EISA's top 10 competitors in combined disciplines: classical and freestyle Nordic races and giant slalom and slalom alpine races. Skiers ranked No. 1 to No. 5 earn First-Team honors and Nos. 6-10 claim Second-Team distinction.

Fosnaes, a first-year Wildcat who transferred from the University of Maine at Presque Isle, is ranked seventh in Nordic's best-two-combined events, which includes a No. 7 rank (109 points) in free technique and No. 8 (105 points) in classic. The sophomore's top freestyle finish was second place in the 10K free at the Vermont Carnival on Feb. 2, and his third-place result in the 10K classic at the Williams Carnival on Feb. 15 was his top score in that discipline.  

Lindgren, a junior co-captain, is ranked 10th (No. 6 classic, No. 16 free) in the East. He reeled off a fourth-place finish in the 10K classic at Colby (Jan. 17), a career-best third place in 10K classic at the UNH Carnival (Jan. 24) and a fifth-place result in 20K classic at the Dartmouth Carnival (Feb. 8). His top freestyle finish was 10th in the 10K free at UVM on Feb. 2.

Larusson is 10th overall with the No. 5 rank in freestyle and No. 17 in classic. The freshman sported a career-high third-place finish in 5K free at Vermont (Feb. 2) and twice placed 10th in 5K classic, at UNH on Jan. 24 and in the EISA Championships, hosted by Middlebury, on Feb. 21.

Oliver made it back-to-back berths on the men's alpine All-East Second Team after coupling a No. 8 slalom rank with a No. 10 giant slalom rank for 10th overall. The junior boasted his top GS result (fifth) at Dartmouth on Feb. 7 and his best SL finish (fourth) at EISAs on Feb. 21.  

Teschner, who is also a repeat All-East Second Teamer (No. 10) in women's alpine, shined brightest in slalom events, where she notched fourth place in three carnivals (at Colby, at UVM, at UNH) and posted a season-high third place at Dartmouth on Feb. 8.

For more information about the UNH skiing team, visit www.unhwildcats.com.

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