Skiing Announces 2014-15 Incoming Class

DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire ski coordinator/Nordic head coach Cory Schwartz and alpine head coach Brian Blank announced Tuesday their incoming class for the 2014-15 academic year. The class features three male Nordic skiers, four female Nordic skiers, five male alpine racers and one female alpine skier. 




Hometown/Last Team

Raleigh Goessling


Esko, Minn. / Maine Winter Sports

Peter Holmes


Tahoe City, Calif. / Unleashed Coaching

Tyler Quinn Smith


Park City, Utah / Park City Nordic Ski Club


Anna Izzo


Lake Placid, N.Y. / NYSEF

Annavitte Rand


Richmond, Vt. / Green Mountain Valley School

Hannah Peterson


Durango, Colo. / Durango Nordic Ski Club

Madalyn Pfeifer


Andover, N.H. / University of Alaska Fairbanks


Chris Steinke


Ottawa, Ontario / Canadian National Team

Colin Martens


East Aurora, N.Y. / Park City Ski Team

Peter Martens


East Aurora, N.Y. / Park City Ski Team

Philippe Rivet


Saint-Lambert, Quebec / University of Montreal

Bryan Cookson


Vernon, British Columbia / Rowmark Ski Academy


Lisa Wedsjö


Saltsjöbaden, Sweden / Saltsjöbadens SLK


"We are excited to add these 13 student-athletes to the UNH skiing family,” Schwartz said. “Each season the team strives to represent the University and our alumni to the highest ideals. Adding this incoming class to our returners makes us improved in every discipline, and we look forward to vying for a carnival win in 2015.” 

Raleigh Goessling joins the Wildcats following a four-year tenure on the Maine Winter Sports Center Olympic Development Biathlon Team. He is a two-time United States biathlon champion in sprint and mass start.

Peter Holmes heads to Durham following a successful career competing at Unleashed Coaching. The native of Tahoe City, Calif., is a two-time Junior National U18 champion and won last year’s state championship for North Tahoe High School. 

Tyler Quinn Smith, who placed 10th in the 2014 National Combined Olympic Trials, was the 2014 Nordic combined Canadian national champion. He joins the ‘Cats after competing for the prestigious Park City Nordic Ski Club in Utah.  

Anna Izzo, who follows in the footsteps of older sister and former Wildcat Nordic co-captain Elizabeth Izzo, spent nine years under the tutelage of UNH alumnae Margaret Maher on the New York Ski Educational Foundation (NYSEF) Nordic ski team. The Saranac Lake High School product was a member of the Mid-Atlantic Junior National Team in Stowe, Vt., and a member of the NENSA Eastern High School Championship team. 

Annavitte Rand, the daughter of UNH alums Matt Rand and Pennie (McEdward) Rand, competed for Mount Mansfield Union High School and Green Mountain Valley School. She earned a pair of top-20 finishes in the 10K skate at the Waterville Valley Eastern Cup (17th place) and the 10K Holderness Eastern Cup (19th) this past season. In 2013, she was named the MMU high school female athlete of the year and received the Coaches Award for both varsity Nordic skiing and field hockey. 

Hannah Peterson, who will also compete for the UNH women’s cross-country team, raced for Durango (Colo.) Nordic Ski Club and Durango High School. In 2014, she earned a berth on the All-State Cross-Country team, qualified for nationals and captured four All-America Nordic awards.

Madalyn Pfeifer, who was a member of the University of Alaska Fairbanks ski team and cross-country team last season, returns to her home state in 2014-15. The four-time 2014 Junior National All-American and three-time 2013 Junior National All-American previously competed for Andover Outing Club and Proctor Academy.

Chris Steinke qualified and raced for the Canadian National Development Team last season; he took third place in slalom at nationals. Steinke previously raced for the Provincial Team and the Canadian prospect group.

Colin Martens comes to Durham from East Aurora, N.Y. He spent a post-graduate year competing for the Park City Ski Team and previously skied for the National Sports Academy. 

Peter Martens, twin brother of Colin, was the Park City Ski Team 2014 Skier of the Year, the MVP of the National Sports Academy in 2013 and received the University of Rochester George Eastman Young Leaders Award in ‘13.

Philippe Rivet was the University of Montreal Rookie of the Year in 2014 when he earned a top-10 finish at nationals. Rivet previously was a member of the Quebec Provincial Team. 

Bryan Cookson joins the men’s alpine team after attending Rowland Hall-St. Mark’s School and competing for Rowmark Ski Academy in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also competed for coach Florian Jagodic and spent time with the Vernon Ski Club in British Columbia, Canada.

Lisa Wedsjö finished second in the Swedish Cup and notched numerous top-3 finishes in FIS-Ski races last season.

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