INDIANAPOLIS – Johnny Springer (Jackson, Wyo.), a senior on the University of New Hampshire men's Nordic skiing team, has been selected to join the contingent of Wildcats competing at the 2014 NCAA National Collegiate Men's and Women's Skiing Championships, hosted by the University of Utah from March 5-8.
Springer, who replaces injured racer Ben Lustgarten of Middlebury College, becomes the 11th UNH skier to compete at NCAAs. The men's Nordic co-captain posted the No. 20 ranking in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) carnival season, including No. 18 in freestyle technique and No. 23 in classical races. Springer's season highlights include eighth place in the 10K free at Vermont (Feb. 2) and 14th place in the 10K classic at UNH (Jan. 24).
Springer joins fellow Nordic skiers Eirik Fosnaes (Hovik, Norway), Per Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden), Katrin Larusson (Truckee, Calif.) and Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) who will race in the men's 10K/women's 5K classic (March 6) and the women's 15K/men's 20K free (March 8) at Soldier Hollow.
UNH's alpine representatives –Kris Hopkins (North Andover, Mass.), Jay Ogle (Pittsfield, Mass.), Coley Oliver (Salt Lake City, Utah), Katie Farrow (Toronto, Ontario), Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario) and Randa Teschner (Petawawa, Ontario) – hit the slopes for giant slalom (March 5) and slalom (March 7) at Park City Mountain Resort.
For more information on the UNH skiing program and the latest results from the NCAAs, visit www.unhwildcats.com.