December 10, 2012

Ski Program Announces Captains for 2012-13 Season

Liz Guiney
Taylor Vest-Burton

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire Nordic and alpine skiing teams announced Monday their team captains for the 2012-13 season. Anya Caldwell Bean (Wolfeboro, N.H.) and Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) were tabbed as Nordic women's co-captains, while Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) and Perry Thomas (Rindge, N.H.) were selected as Nordic men's co-captains. Alpine team captains are Laura Rozinowicz (Toronto, Ontario) and Taylor Vest-Burton (Breckenridge, Colo.).

Bean, who redshirted last season, returns to active competition for her senior campaign. Two years ago, the Granite Stater finished a season-best ninth in the 5K freestyle at the 2011 EISA Championship, hosted by Bates College. She added a pair of top-10 finishes: 10th place in the 10K classic at the Colby Carnival and 10th in the 10K free at the St. Lawrence Carnival. In addition, Bean teamed with Guiney and Clare Egan to finish second in the 3x5 relay at Colby.

Guiney returns as women's Nordic co-captain for the second consecutive season. The senior looks to repeat the success of her 2011-12 campaign, when she was crowned the team's MVP and was nominated to the New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) Elite & Development Team. Guiney qualified for the NCAA Championships, hosted by Montana State, for the second straight season and made it back-to-back EISA All-East Second Team honors. The Park City, Utah, native posted 10 top-10 finishes and was the top 'Cat in 10 of 12 EISA events, including eight straight top-10s to start the year. She recorded a season-best fifth-place finish in the 15K classic at the EISAs, hosted by Middlebury. Off the course, Guiney was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Women's At-Large Team for the second straight year and was tabbed to the National Ski Coaches Association All-Academic Team for the third time in as many seasons. The genetics major was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society in May.

Lindgren will enter his second consecutive year as a men's Nordic team co-captain on the heels of a team MVP award-winning season. The native of Pitea, Sweden, was the lone men's Nordic skier to qualify for the 2012 NCAAs. His top result of the season was a sixth-place finish in the 20K classic at the Dartmouth Carnival, one of his three top 'Cat performances. Lindgren, a NENSA Elite and Development Team nominee, added a 10th-place finish in the 10K classic at the Vermont Carnival and a team-leading 16th-place finish in the 20K classic at the EISAs. The physics major's academic accolades included a berth on the Capital One Academic All-District Men's At-Large Team, a third straight selection to the National Ski Coaches Association All-Academic Team and induction into the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, Sigma Pi Honors Society and Pi Mu Epsilon Honors Society.

Thomas redshirted last season after seeing limited racing action in the UNH Carnival, at Bates and at UVM. The Conant High School graduate, who competed for the Gunstock Nordic Association from 2006-08, has a career high of 22nd place in a 3x3 sprint relay at St. Michael's in 2010.

"We are excited at the prospects of a strong season, led by the returns of our two NCAA qualifying co-captains Liz and Erik," 31st-year Nordic coach Cory Schwartz said. "The return to competition by Anya and Perry will make us that much deeper, so we can't wait to get started."

Rozinowicz, who represented the Wildcat alpine skiers at the NCAAs for the second consecutive season, takes the reins as women's team captain for her junior season. Her 11th-place finish in giant slalom at the national championships led the UNH contingent, and she notched a team-best fourth in GS at the EISAs. Rozinowicz's fifth place finish in GS helped UNH post a team victory in the event at the Williams Carnival, and she collected a pair of other top-5 results in GS: fourth place at Dartmouth and fifth at Bates. The business administration: accounting major was feted as a National Ski Coaches Association All-Academic Team representative for the second straight year.

Vest-Burton, a senior, secured the men's alpine team captain position on the strength of an MVP season in '11-12 when he qualified for the NCAAs for the second straight year and competed at the national championships for the first time. The Breckenridge, Colo, native finished a career-high third in the slalom race at the EISAs, and he registered top 'Cat honors four times, including both SL (eighth) and GS (tie-10th) at the Williams Carnival. Vest-Burton's other top-10 race occurred at Dartmouth, where he tallied a 10th-place finish in SL.

"We bring back a deep and talented group that includes eight skiers who qualified for NCAAs last season," sixth-year alpine head coach Brian Blank said. "Laura and Taylor are geared up to lead a team that should compete with the best the EISA has to offer."

The six-carnival EISA season gets underway with alpine racing at the Vermont Winter Carnival on Jan. 11-12. Nordic racing begins a week later (Jan. 18-19) at the St. Lawrence Carnival. For more information on the UNH skiing program, visit www.unhwildcats.com or www.unhskiing.com.  

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