MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Five members of the University of New Hampshire ski team were honored by the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association at the conclusion of the EISA Championship last Saturday in Middlebury, Vt.

Freshman Veronique Archambault-Leger (Montreal, Quebec) was named EISA Women’s Alpine Rookie of the Year and also took home the award which honored her as the Alpine Points Champion.

Four UNH alpine skiers were named to the All-East Team, including Archambault-Leger who was named First Team on top of her two other awards.  Sophomore Sean McNamara (Honeoye, N.Y.), senior Joe Dunn (Stockbridge, Vt.) and freshman Cynthia Tessier (Rawdon, Quebec) were all named Second Team, as was women’s Nordic skier sophomore Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.).

Archambault-Leger won the women’s giant slalom four different times throughout the season, including most recently at the EISA Championship when she finished in a time of 2 minutes, 5.67 seconds. She was one of just two skiers who completed the first run in less than one minute (59.87) and recorded the quickest time in the second run (1:05.80).

Archambault-Leger raced to victory in the first four races she finished to open her career. She narrowly missed making it a perfect five-for-five when she finished .47-of-a-second behind the winner of the second women’s giant slalom of the weekend at the University of Vermont Winter Carnival Feb. 2-3. She recorded 12 top-10 finishes overall this season.

McNamara notched three top-10 finishes this season, including a fifth-place finish (2:17.17) in the first men’s giant slalom of the weekend at the UVM Carnival and a fourth-place finish (1:51.20) in the second.

Dunn posted four top-10 finishes this season, including two fourth-place finishes at the UNH Winter Carnival on Jan. 26-27. Dunn finished the men’s giant slalom in 2:18.53 and the slalom in 1:38.17.

Tessier tallied six top-10 finishes this season, including a fourth-place finish (2:25.51) in the women’s giant slalom at the UVM Carnival.

Wright recorded 2 top-10 finishes this season, including a fifth-place finish in the women’s 5k free (16:07.3) at the St. Michael’s Winter Carnival on Jan. 19-20.

The Wildcats conclude the 2007 season at the NCAA Skiing Championships, which will be held at UNH’s Attitash (alpine) and Jackson Cross Country Center (Nordic) venues from March 7-10.  Visit the UNH athletics Web site (www.unhwildcats.com) for complete details.
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