ARCHAMBAULT-LEGER RECORDS ALL-AMERICA FINISH IN SLALOM; SKI TEAM IN 8TH PLACE AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec) of the University of New Hampshire ski team raced to her fifth career-All-America finish with an eighth-place finish in the women's slalom during the third day of competition Friday night at the 2010 NCAA Skiing Championships at Howelsen Hill.
UNH amassed 64 points in the women's slalom and 57 in the men's slalom to move its three-day total to 276 points, which puts the Wildcats in eighth place overall (third in the East).
Archambault-Leger ranked 14th following the first run with a time of 40.20 seconds and then recorded the fourth-fastest second-run time of 41.82 to vault into eighth place overall – and earn All-America status -- with a combined mark of 1:22.02 in her last race as a UNH Wildcat. She was previously an All-American in both the slalom and giant slalom in 2007 and 2009.
Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) took 21st place with an overall time of 1:22.64 based on individual runs of 41.22 and 42.42. It also marked the last collegiate race for this four-time All-American.
Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec), a freshman making her NCAA championship debut, completed the fifth-best time in the second run of 41.86. Despite that effort, she remained in 28th place overall (1:29.75), which is where she ranked following her opening run of 47.89.
Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario)was the top UNH men's finisher in Friday's slalom competition in 14th place overall with an aggregate time of 1:17.14. The sophomore stood in 18th place following a first-run time of 37.92 seconds, then completed the second run in 39.22 to advance four places in the standings.
Michael Cremeno (Pembroke, N.H.), who missed All-America honors by .09 of a second in Wednesday's giant slalom, took 21st place in 1:18.00. The senior skied to a mark of 39.03 in the first run to sit 23rd overall and crossed the finish line in 38.97 – the 13th-best time in the second run – to climb two spots.
Classmate Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) recorded the ninth-fastest second run with a time of 38.78, but following a first run of 50.25 he finished 28th overall in 1:29.03.
The 2010 NCAA Skiing Championships conclude March 13 with the women's 15K freestyle and men's 20K free at Howelsen Hill.