DURHAM, N.H. – The quartet of All-Americans Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec), Michael Cremeno (Pembroke, N.H.), Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) and Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) highlight a list of 10 University of New Hampshire skiers named to the 2009 NCAA All-Academic Team.
McNamara has been selected to the NCAA All-Academic Team all four years as a Wildcat – 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Archambault-Leger and Marlijne Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) were honored for the third consecutive year while both Ford and Michael Lessard (Greene, Maine) were repeat selections from ’08.
Cremeno is one of five UNH first-time honorees. The University’s other 2009 NCAA All-Academic Team members are Alex Norden (Eaton, N.H.), Sam Norden (Eaton, N.H.), Ethan Weibrecht (Lake Placid, N.Y.) and Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.).
The group breakdown is four seniors and juniors as well as two sophomores; seven alpine skiers made the grade, as did three Nordic competitors.
To qualify for consideration to the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must have a minimum 3.5 grade-point-average and compete at a regional championship.
Archambault-Leger earned All-America accolades in both the slalom and giant slalom at the ’09 NCAA Skiing Championships for finishing seventh and 10th, respectively, in those races. She was a 2009 All-East Second Team selection for recording six top-5 finishes during the carnival season.
Cremeno raced to an All-America finish with a sixth-place finish in the giant slalom at the ’09 NCAAs. He tallied five top-10 finishes in the ’09 carnival season and was named to the All-East Second Team. Cremeno placed third in the slalom at the EISA regionals and also finished third in the GS at the UNH Carnival. His other season highlight included second place in the giant slalom at the UVM Carnival.
Ford garnered All-America recognition at the national championships in both alpine disciplines with eighth place in the giant slalom and ninth in the slalom. He was an All-East First Team selection this season following a carnival season in which he recorded three first-place finishes, including a sweep of the slalom and giant slalom at the Dartmouth Carnival. Ford recorded eight other top-10 finishes, including five in the top-5. At the EISA regionals, he was sixth in the GS and eighth in the SL.
McNamara finished fifth in the slalom at the NCAAs to earn his fourth career All-America award. He also was an All-East First Team honoree and capped the Eastern carnivals by winning the giant slalom and placing second in the slalom at the EISA championships. McNamara finished in the top 10 in all 12 carnival races with 10 top-5 finishes overall.
Cook recorded three top-10 finishes during the EISA carnival season, and that included seventh place in the classic sprints at UNH and eighth in the 15K freestyle at Bates; she took 10th place in the 5K free at UVM. She also had five other top-20 finishes, including 19th place in the 15K free at the Eastern regional championships.
Lessard was a consistent point producer for the ‘Cats in the Nordic races. His season highlights included 21st place in the 20K freestyle in the season opener at Bates as well as 22nd in the 10K classic at Middlebury.
Alex Norden ended the ’09 season strong with an 11th-place finish in the slalom at the EISA regionals. She recorded three other top-15 finishes during the carnival season by finishing 15th in both the slalom and giant slalom at UNH as well as 15th in the slalom at Bates.
Sam Norden concluded the 2009 season with a 26th-place finish at the Eastern regionals, and that marked his highest finish of the year. His best result during the carnival season was 31st place in the GS at Dartmouth.
Weibrecht tallied a total of seven top-20 finishes during the carnival season. He opened the 2009 season with fifth place in the slalom at Bates and continued with 17th in the GS and 20th in the SL at UNH. Weibrecht’s other season highlights included 12th in the slalom and 16th in the giant slalom at UVM as well as 13th in the slalom at Middlebury.
Wright competed at the 2009 NCAA championships and placed 14th in the 15K free technique. She had a particularly strong 2009 season in the freestyle races with seventh place at Bates, UNH and Vermont. She also took sixth at the Easterns and eighth at Dartmouth. Wright also tallied top-20 finishes in classic races at UNH (eighth), Middlebury (16th) and Easterns (16th).
UNH placed ninth at the 2009 NCAA Skiing Championships.