Atkinson, Lepine and Guiney Named EISA All-East Skiers
DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire men's alpine team captain Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario), women's alpine team captain Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) and women's Nordic team co-captain Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) were each tabbed Monday to the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association All-East Second Team.
The UNH skiing trio was recognized for ranking in the top 10 at the conclusion of the EISA's six-carnival season that wrapped up Feb. 25. The All-East Team takes into account the best two scores of combined disciplines: slalom and giant slalom for alpine races, and classic and freestyle for Nordic competition.
Atkinson, a two-time EISA All-East First-Team representative (2010-11), earned a berth on the Second Team by ranking 10th in men's alpine with a best-two combined total of 176. The 2011 men's alpine team MVP ranked seventh in SL with three top-10 finishes, highlighted by a season-best third place at the Vermont Carnival (Feb. 4), along with fifth place in last Friday's EISA Championship at Middlebury and ninth place at Dartmouth (Feb. 11). The three-time NCAA Championship qualifier's top GS performances were a fifth place at UVM (Feb. 3) and a 12th place at Bates (Jan. 20).
Lepine secured the No. 9 women's alpine ranking with a best-two combined score of 221 to obtain her first career All-East Team designation. The 2011 women's alpine team MVP was strongest on GS, where she registered her first career individual victory Feb. 13 at Vermont's Burke Mountain (UNH Carnival make-up race) and spearheaded a Wildcat team GS triumph at Williams (Feb. 18) by notching fourth place. In addition, the two-time NCAA Championship competitor snatched third place in GS at Bates (Jan. 20), posted a seventh-place GS finish at Dartmouth (Feb. 10) and racked up a SL season-best eighth place at UNH (Jan. 28).
Guiney was feted as an All-East Second-Team Nordic skier for the second consecutive year after capping the season with the No. 9 ranking. The model of consistency attained a top-10 finish in 10 of the season's 11 races, highlighted by her season-best fifth-place run in the 15K classic at last Saturday's EISAs. Guiney began the season at Bates with a seventh-place finish in the 10K classic and an eighth-place result in the 5K free before rattling off an impressive string of six straight 10th-place performances: the classic sprints and the 15K free at UNH; the 10K free and 5K classic at UVM and the 5K free and 15K classic at Dartmouth.
Later this week the UNH ski team will announce which individuals will represent the Wildcats at the upcoming NCAA Skiing Championships, hosted by Montana State University, from March 7-10 in Bozeman, Mont. For more information, visit www.unhwildcats.com or www.unhskiing.com.
Paul Atkinson photo courtesy Cory Ransom/EISA Skiing
Marie-Elaine Lepine photo courtesy Gil Talbot/UNH Athletics