DURHAM, N.H. – Veronique Archambault-Leger (Verdun, Quebec) of the University of New Hampshire ski team was one of 10 student-athletes named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team, Women's At-Large Division on Thursday.
Archambault-Leger received this honor for the second consecutive season. She was voted to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Third Team for the Women's At-Large University Division after being selected to the District 1 University Division First Team.
Archambault-Leger, recipient of UNH's 2010 Jim Urquhart Student-Athlete of the Year, truly epitomized the word student-athlete by excelling both in the classroom and on the ski slopes all four years as a UNH Wildcat. In her career, Archambault-Leger was a five-time All-American, four-time NCAA All-Academic Ski Team honoree and four time All-East selection who recorded 31 top-five finishes, including nine victories, in the Eastern carnival circuit. She served as captain in both her junior and senior seasons. Archambault-Leger's other career accolades included 2007 EISA Rookie of the Year, EISA slalom points champion in both '07 and '08 as well as giant slalom points champion in '07.
She finished with seven top-10 finishes during the 2010 EISA season, including first place in the slalom and third place in the giant slalom at the Eastern championships, and was UNH's top skier in five races. Archambault-Leger was particularly strong in the slalom, in which she raced to third place at both the Dartmouth and Vermont carnivals and did not finish lower than seventh at any carnival. She then raced to eighth place in the slalom at the NCAA championships to garner All-America accolades in her final race as a collegian. And she accomplished all that despite incurring three injuries during the year – a sprained thumb in the pre-season, a dislocated shoulder in the second week of the carnival season – she competed the following week and raced to third place in the slalom and ninth in the giant slalom – and a broken hand one week prior to the Eastern Championships.
Archambault-Leger will be graduating this month with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She has a 3.92 cumulative grade-point-average, which is the highest in her class within her major, and that includes three semesters with a perfect 4.0 and no semester lower than a 3.81. Archambault-Leger was the recipient of four academic excellence awards in chemical engineering and also received a UNH Presidential Scholarship.