BETHEL and RUMFORD, Maine -- Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec), Michael Cremeno (Pembroke, N.H.), Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) and Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) of the University of New Hampshire ski team each garnered All-America recognition in Thursday’s opening day of competition at the 2009 NCAA Skiing Championships, which are being held by Bates College at Sunday River and Black Mountain.
All four Wildcats received All-America accolades in the giant slalom, which was originally scheduled for Wednesday but was postponed due to inclement weather. Both the men’s and women’s alpine squads, comprised of the maximum allotment of three skiers, recorded the third-best team scores with 93 and 87 points, respectively. The Nordic team garnered 15 points to bring UNH’s one-day total to 195 points, which places the ‘Cats in ninth place overall.
Cremeno recorded the third-fastest second run with a time of 1 minute, 13.34 seconds to ascend into sixth place and garner All-America status for the first time in his four-year career. He had completed his first run in 1:20.53 and finished with an overall mark of 2:33.87.
Ford, who won three races on the Eastern circuit this year, also attained All-America honors for the first time in his three years at UNH. He completed his first run in 1:20.35, then raced to a time of 1:13.84 on the second run for an aggregate time of 2:34.19 to finish in eighth place.
Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) missed a top-10 finish by .37-of-a-second with a two-run total of 2:34.59 that was 16th best overall. He raced to the second-fastest time by a Wildcat in the first run (1:20.49) and then completed the next run in 1:14.10.
Farrell garnered All-America accolades for the third time in as many years, but this marked the first time she received that distinction in the giant slalom by virtue of her eighth-place finish. She completed the first run on the Sunday
River course in 1:17.84 and then was timed in 1:19.45 for an overall mark of 2:37.29.
Archambault-Leger, a two-time All-American as a freshman in ’07, once again earned All-America honors with 10th place for her combined effort of 2:37.59. She was timed in 1:17.96 in the first run and 1:19.63 in the second.
Cynthia Tessier (Rawdon, Quebec) finished with an overall mark of 2:39.27 to finish in 16th place. She raced to a time of 1:20.67 after opening at 1:18.60.
Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.), UNH’s representative in the Nordic races, raced to 25th place in the women’s 5K classic race at Black Mountain. She completed the course in 15:17.2.
The 2009 NCAA Skiing Championships resume March 13 with the men’s and women’s slalom at Sunday River. The event concludes March 14 with the men’s and women’s freestyle races.