Nordic Skier Taylor & Alum Guiney Headed to U23 World Championships

LONDON & PARK CITY, Utah – University of New Hampshire Nordic skier Annika Taylor (Truckee, Calif.) has been tabbed to the British Nordic Ski Team and Wildcat alumnae Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) was selected to represent the United States Ski Team at the U23 World Championships, which will take place in Val di Femme, Italy from Jan. 29-Feb. 3.

Taylor, a junior co-captain, and Guiney, who graduated with a Genetics degree in 2013, recently competed in the U.S. Cross Country Championships (Jan. 4-10) in Soldier Hollow, Utah. Guiney, now a member of the prestigious Craftsbury Green Racing Project, finished 24th in the 10K/15K classic (Jan. 4) in a time of 32 minutes, 38.3 seconds. Taylor notched 31st place (32:46.7) in the same race. On Jan. 8, Guiney finished 17th (1 hour, 2 minutes, 7.2 seconds) in the 20K/30K mass start, while Taylor finished in 45th place (1:07:41.1). Guiney capped the Championships by competing in the classic sprints Jan. 10; she advanced to the semifinals en route to a fifth-place finish.

Last season Guiney competed for the U.S. Ski Team at the U23 World Championships in Liberec, Czech Republic. She went on to great success in her senior season for the Wildcats, winning the National College Men's and Women's Skiing Elite 89 award. 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. Guiney, a three-time member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) All-East Second Team competed in the NCAA Championships three times during her Wildcats' career, was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Women's At-Large Team in 2010-11 and 2011-12, was a two-time New England Nordic Ski Association (NENSA) Elite & Development Team nominee (2012-13; 2013-14), won the '12 UNH Nordic team MVP award and was inducted into both the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society and the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society.

Taylor, who was a second alternate for the 2013 U.S. Junior World Championship team, was crowned the 2013 Wildcats' women's Nordic MVP as a sophomore after securing the team's lone berth on the All-East First Team with EISA's No. 4 ranking. Taylor garnered the EISA Female Nordic Skier of the Week honor after racing to her first career victory in the Colby Carnival 15K free (Jan. 26). The two-time NSCA All-Academic Team member competed for the West at the 2012 USSA Cross Country Junior Championships in Midway, Utah, and was nominated to the 2013-14 NENSA Elite Team. Prior to coming to UNH, Taylor captured three California Nevada Interscholastic Ski and Snowboard Federation (CNISSF) state championships (2008, '10-11) and competed for both California's Auburn Ski Club and the Far West Ski Education Association. 

The UNH Nordic ski team opens the 2014 season at this weekend's Colby Carnival. The men's 10K classic and women's 5K classic are slated for Friday, Jan. 17, and the women's 15K skate mass start and the men's 20K MS are on tap Saturday, Jan. 18, at Quarry Road Recreation Area in Waterville, Maine. For more information on the UNH skiing team, visit www.unhwildcats.com.

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