DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire ski coordinator/Nordic head coach Cory Schwartz and alpine head coach Brian Blank announced Tuesday their incoming recruits for the Wildcats' skiing program for the 2013-14 academic year. The class features four female alpine skiers, four female Nordic skiers and three male Nordic skiers.
Name Discipline Hometown/Last Team
Kelly DiNapoli Alpine Ludlow, Vt./Holderness
Katie Farrow Alpine Toronto, Ontario/Ontario Ski Team
Morgan Klein Alpine Oregon, Wis./Stratton Mountain School
Caite Zeliff Alpine North Conway, N.H./Stratton Mountain School
Lizzie Gill Nordic Bozeman, Mont./Bridger Ski Foundation
Katrin Larusson Nordic Truckee Calif./Auburn Ski Club
Shannon Nadeau Nordic Hopkinton, N.H./Hopkinton High School
Teagan Yutrzenka Nordic Anchorage, Alaska/Alaska Winter Stars
Gavin Hess Nordic Rochester, N.Y./Rochester Nordic Racing
Rion O'Grady Nordic Sherborn, Mass./Cambridge Sports Union
Kelly DiNapoli comes to UNH after attending Holderness School in Plymouth, N.H. The Ludlow, Vt., native was named to the Eastern Alpine U18 Team this past season, and she was tabbed to the New Hampshire state team by the N.H. Alpine Racing Association (NHARA).
Katie Farrow joins the Wildcats after competing most recently for the Ontario Ski Team. The Toronto native finished eighth in slalom and ninth in giant slalom at the 2013 U.S. National Championships. She added a third-place finish in GS at the Vail spring series and took first place in GS at Panorama Ski Resort in British Columbia. Farrow was Canada's second-ranked giant slalom skier in her age group.
Morgan Klein ventures to New Hampshire by way of the Stratton Mountain School. Klein competed at U.S. Nationals each year from 2011-13. The native of Oregon, Wis., won the Vermont Alpine Race Association state championship in the 14-15-year old division in 2008.
Caite Zeliff, a Proctor Academy graduate who spent a post-grad year at Stratton Mountain School, joins the alpine squad for the 2013-14 season. The North Conway, N.H., native has competed at the J2 U.S. Nationals and was a US Junior National Ski Team nominee. Zeliff is a FIS/NorAm level ski racer who was named to the NHARA Senior Team in 2012.
Lizzie Gill, who signed an NLI in January, is a native of Bozeman, Mont., who will join the Nordic ski team on the heels of a successful career for coaches Dragan Danevski and UNH alumni Tim Baucom and Andrew Morehouse at the Bridger Ski Foundation. She placed 15th in the 5K classic and 17th in the 10K skate at the 2012 Junior Nationals. Gill was a 2011 USSA Championship All-American and J2 Nordic cross-country state champion. In 2010, she garnered the Bridger Ski Foundation Nordic Best Rookie award and was voted the team MVP.
Katrin Larusson commits to UNH after competing for the Sugar Bowl Academy in Norden, Calif. Larusson received the Ted Beauchamp Scholarship from the Far West Nordic Ski Association for exhibiting a great passion for Nordic ski racing, being a dedicated athlete with the desire and ability to compete at the national level and demonstrating character that is a credit to the Far West Nordic community. The Truckee, Calif., native was a medalist at the U.S. Junior National Championships each of the last four years, and she won the California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation (CNISSF) state championship in each of the last two seasons.
Shannon Nadeau, a native Granite Stater, comes to Durham after competing for her father Rob Nadeau on the Hopkinton High School Nordic team that has won nine straight state championships. The two-time Nordic team captain captured the 2013 state individual classical championship and finished third in the skate race, which was won by her younger sister Sarah. Nadeau is a four-time National Honors Society Scholar-Athlete.
Teagan Yutrzenka, who signed in January, comes to Durham from Anchorage, Alaska, and the Alaska Winter Stars. In 2012, the Nordic skier placed 12th in the 5K classic at U.S. Nationals and took 12th place in the 10K skate at Junior Nationals; she placed second in the 3x3K relay at Juniors. Yutrzenka notched an 11th-place finish in the 10K classic and third in the 3x3K relay at the 2011 Junior Nationals to go along with a finish of sixth overall in the Alaska Nordic Skiing State Championship.
Eirik Fosnaes, a transfer from the University of Maine at Presque Isle, hails from Hovik, Norway. The sophomore placed 17th in the 20K mass start freestyle and 25th in the 10K classic at the NCAA Skiing Championships in March. Fosnaes claimed 10th place in the 10K classic at the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Championship.
Gavin Hess of Rochester, N.Y., joins the Nordic ski program after competing for Rochester Nordic Racing. This past season he placed seventh in the USSA Junior Nationals freestyle sprint race after capturing first place in the individual FS at the New York state championships. His team won back-to-back state titles (2011-12) and, in 2011, he took 10th place in both the FS sprint and 5K classic races at Junior Nationals.
Rion O'Grady comes to Durham from Sherborn, Mass. and, most recently, Cambridge Sports Union. The Holderness School product ranked third in the N.H. Lakes Region and competed at Junior Nationals this past season. In 2012, O'Grady took fourth place at the Massachusetts state championships while competing for Dover-Sherborn Regional High School. He was a two-time Boston Globe All-Scholastic skier who finished as Mass Bay League East Nordic ski champion in 2011 and 2012.
The UNH ski team finished eighth at the 2013 NCAA Skiing Championships to match its top NCAA placement since 1994. It marked the program's 23rd Top-10 finish in coach Schwartz's 31 years. Eleven skiers qualified for NCAAs, and 15 student-athletes earned a place on the National Ski Coaches Association (NSCA) All-Academic Team.