Liz Guiney Named NCAA Skiing's Elite 89 Winner

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – University of New Hampshire senior women's Nordic skier Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) was named the winner of the National College Men's and Women's Skiing Elite 89 award, which recognized her for reaching the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in Division I skiing while also achieving the highest academic standard among her peers. Guiney was honored at Tuesday night's NCAA Skiing Championships awards banquet.

The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at each of the NCAA's 89 championships. Guiney was feted for compiling a cumulative GPA of 3.988 in genetics.

Fifteen members of the UNH skiing team were named to the 2013 National Ski Coaches Association All-Academic Team. The team features individuals who earned a grade point average of 3.5 or above during the Fall 2012 semester and competed at the EISA Championships. 

Guiney and men's Nordic captain Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden), a physics major, notched perfect 4.0 GPAs to earn a spot on the NSCA All-Academic Team for the fourth straight season. Nordic skiers Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.), Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) and Will Meyer (Bozeman, Mont.) also logged perfect 4.0 GPAs during the fall term.

Here is a complete list of UNH's All-Academic student-athletes:

Student-Athlete Year Hometown Discipline Major/Fall GPA          
*Anya Caldwell Bean Sr. Wolfeboro, N.H. Nordic Nutrition & Wellness/3.67
****Liz Guiney Sr. Park City, Utah Nordic Genetics/4.00
**Jenna Kantor Jr. East Burke, Vt. Alpine Health Mgmt. & Policy/3.91
*Emily Larson Fr. Boulder, Colo. Nordic Kin: Exercise Science/3.91
*Marie-Elaine Lepine Sr. Mont-Tremblant, Quebec Alpine Business Admin: Mgmt./3.66
**Tristan Ramey So. Anchorage, Alaska Nordic Mechanical Engineering/3.94
**Annika Taylor So. Truckee, Calif. Nordic Chemistry/4.00

*Taylor Vest-Burton Sr. Breckenridge, Colo. Alpine Civil Engineering/3.76
*Kris Hopkins Jr. North Andover, Mass. Alpine Mechanical Engineering/3.87
****Erik Lindgren Sr. Pitea, Sweden Nordic Physics/4.00
**Per Lindgren So. Pitea, Sweden Nordic Chemical Engineering/4.00
*Charles McConville Fr. London, Ontario Alpine Business Administration/3.66
**Coley Oliver So. Salt Lake City, Utah Alpine Undeclared/3.58
*Will Meyer So. Bozeman, Mont. Nordic History/4.00
**Sam Reed So. Keene, N.H. Nordic Electrical Engineering/3.91

* number of career All-Academic Team berths

The 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships, hosted by Middlebury College, will be held March 6-9 with alpine racing at the Middlebury Snow Bowl and Nordic racing at the Rikert Nordic Center. The Championships open with the women's (8:30 a.m.) and men's (1 p.m.) giant slalom races Wednesday, March 6. To watch live coverage of the NCAA Skiing Championships, visit www.ncaa.com/liveschedule.

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