DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire ski team will be sending six of its members – all from the alpine team – to the NCAA Skiing Championships on March 7-10.

Heading to the NCAA’s will be freshmen Veronique Archambault-Leger (Montreal, Quebec), Cynthia Tessier (Rawdon, Quebec) and Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) from the women’s team and senior Joe Dunn (Stockbridge, Vt.), sophomore Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y) and freshman Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) from the men’s team.

The Wildcats had four other skiers who qualified but were not picked for the championships, including Nordic alternate Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.). Junior Randall Bloom (Norwalk, Conn.), senior Mindy Regii (Campton, N.H.) and sophomore Eilleen Dent (Castorland, N.Y.) also qualified in alpine, with Bloom being chosen as the first alternate to race if the injured Dunn is unable to compete. Dunn has missed the last three races.

Archambault-Leger won the women’s giant slalom four different times throughout the season, including most recently at the EISA Championship on Feb. 23-24 when she finished in a time of 2 minutes, 5.67 seconds. She was one of just two skiers who completed the first run in less than one minute (59.87) and recorded the quickest time in the second run (1:05.80).

Archambault-Leger raced to victory in the first four races she finished to open her career. She narrowly missed making it a perfect five-for-five when she finished .47-of-a-second behind the winner of the second women’s giant slalom of the weekend at the University of Vermont Winter Carnival Feb. 2-3. She recorded 12 top-10 finishes overall this season.

Tessier tallied six top-10 finishes this season, including a fourth-place finish (2:25.51) in the women’s giant slalom at the UVM Carnival.
Farrell recorded six top-10 finishes, including a pair of them at the UVM carnival.  Farrell placed sixth (2:25.86) in the first women’s giant slalom of the weekend, and fourth (1:58.27) in the second.

Dunn posted four top-10 finishes this season, including two fourth-place finishes at the UNH Winter Carnival on Jan. 26-27. Dunn finished the men’s giant slalom in 2:18.53 and the slalom in 1:38.17.

McNamara notched three top-10 finishes this season, including a fifth-place finish (2:17.17) in the first men’s giant slalom of the weekend at the UVM Carnival and a fourth-place finish (1:51.20) in the second.

Ford tallied five top-10 finishes, including a third-place finish (1:28.77) in the men’s slalom at the St. Michael’s Winter Carnival on Jan. 19-20.

In their most recent performances at the EISA Championsip, Bloom finished 21st (1:36.68) in the men’s slalom, Regii placed 18th (2:09.25) in the women’s giant slalom and 19th (1:53.00) in the slalom, Dent recorded a 19th-place finish (2:09.33) in the women’s giant slalom and a 15th-place finish (1:51.37) in the slalom, and Wright, a sophomore, placed 12th (14:30.4) in the women’s 5k free technique race and 20th (57:28.0) in the 15k classic.

The 2007 squad will look to equal the success of the 2006 squad that finished ninth at the NCAA Championships.

The NCAA Skiing Championships will be held at UNH’s Attitash (alpine) and Jackson Cross Country Center (Nordic) venues from March 7-10.  Visit the UNH athletics Web site (www.unhwildcats.com) for complete details.
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