May 3, 2013

Nordic Skiing's Liz Guiney Named to Craftsbury Green Racing Project

CRAFTSBURY COMMON, Vt. – University of New Hampshire senior Nordic skier Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) was selected to the prestigious Craftsbury Green Racing Project, a non-profit organization that supports and promotes participation and excellence in lifelong sports with a special focus on rowing, running and Nordic skiing.

Guiney was tabbed to the full Green Racing Project level, where she will be joined by Andrew Dougherty of the University of Denver and Pete Hegman of the University of Vermont.

"Many of the top Nordic skiers in the country apply for a spot with the Green Racing Project, so it is a real honor for Liz to be one of the few fortunate competitors chosen," UNH ski coordinator/Nordic head coach Cory Schwartz said. "GRP selects the best of the best, and Liz certainly fits the bill."

Guiney, a genetics major, won the National College Men's and Women's Skiing Elite 89 award, which recognized her for reaching the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in Division I skiing while also achieving the highest academic standard among her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at each of the NCAA's 89 championships. She was feted for compiling a cumulative GPA of 3.988 in genetics. Guiney notched perfect 4.0 GPA to earn a spot on the NSCA All-Academic Team for the fourth straight season.

The three-time member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) All-East Second Team competed in the NCAA Championships for the third time in her career in March. After missing the season's first two carnivals to compete for the United States Ski Team at the U23 World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic (Jan. 21-27), Guiney came back with a flourish at the Vermont Carnival, taking fourth in the 5K freestyle and fifth in the 10K classic. The two-time UNH Nordic team co-captain capped her EISA career with a pair of team-leading sixth-place finishes at Bates (NCAA Regionals) in the 5K classic and 10K free. Guiney was ranked 10th in the region in free, classic and overall.

Guiney was tabbed to the Capital One Academic All-District Women's At-Large Team in 2010-11 and 2011-12, was a '12 NENSA Elite & Development Team nominee, won the '12 Nordic team MVP award, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society last year and joined the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society last month.

Prior to coming to UNH, Guiney spent her junior years skiing for the Utah Nordic Alliance and Park City Nordic Ski Club. She was part of the 2009 US J1 Scando trip team and competed at numerous Junior Nationals.

In exchange for coaching, travel support, room & board, GRP skiers are asked to take on projects that contribute to work of the Center. GRP projects in the past have included:  ski trail mapping and improvements, construction of single-track trails, coaching of youth and junior skiers and outreach to area schools. Guiney will join former UNH teammate Clare Egan, a returning GRP skier who is focusing on Biathlon this year. 

For more information on the Craftsbury Green Racing Project, visit www.greenracingproject.com. For more information on the UNH skiing program, visit www.unhwildcats.com or www.unhskiing.com.

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