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DURHAM, N.H.  – Cory Schwartz, the 22nd-year ski coordinator at the University of New Hampshire, has announced that Brian Blank has been hired as the University’s alpine head coach, effective immediately. Blank, a 1995 graduate of UNH who has over 10 years of experience as an alpine ski racing coach as well as 15 years experience as an alpine ski racer, lettered on the UNH ski team from 1991-95 and served as team captain in 1994-95.


DURHAM, N.H.  – The University of New Hampshire ski team recently held its annual team banquet in commemoration of the 2007 season and specifically honored the senior student-athletes as well as alpine head coach Kurt Simard.
     The Point Champion of each discipline – Veronique Archambault-Leger (Montreal, Quebec; women’s alpine), Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.; men’s alpine), Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.;women’s Nordic) and Rody Lageson (St. Paul, Minn.; men’s Nordic) –  earned team MVP honors.
    Simard, the EISA Alpine Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2006, was presented with a #1 NCAA bib in recognition of his eight years of service as head coach of the alpine program. Under his tutelage, 10 skiers garnered a total of 18 All-America Team (multiple honors in six of eight years) honors by finishing in the top 10 of an NCAA Championship.



DURHAM, N.H.  – The 15th Annual University of New Hampshire Ski Team Golf Tournament will be held May 12 at The Links at Outlook golf course in South Berwick, Maine, with an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start for the four-person scramble format.
    The cost of $125 per person includes greens fees, golf cart (with GPS), breakfast and lunch, driving range balls, tournament t-shirt and a caddy. Prizes will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place finishers as well as for the longest drive, longest putt and closest to the pin. There will also be a raffle and a silent auction.
   The tournament is open to anyone. For more information, to sign up for the event or for sponsor opportunities, go online to www.unhskiing.com/golf. Or call Cory Schwartz at (603) 862-3837.



DURHAM, N.H.Leanne Smith (North Conway, N.H.), a former University of New Hampshire ski team and EISA standout, was recently awarded the Nor Am Cup overall champion title. The Nor Am Cup series is considered the highest level of ski racing in North America. This elite series of races showcases both Canadian and U.S. athletes as well as other top world performers in a five-event setup.
    En route to winning the overall title, Smith captured the Super-G title – an astounding feat considering that as a UNH freshman in 2006 she focused on the tech events of slalom and giant slalom – by recording three top-three finishes in the event.



    DURHAM, N.H. – University of New Hampshire Interim President J. Bonnie Newman announced today a $1 million leadership gift for UNH’s ski program, given by Thomas P. Putnam, former chairman of the Markem Corporation in Keene and a former member of the UNH ski team.
    “Tom Putnam has helped us launch an aggressive 10-year fundraising campaign for the university’s ski program, and we are deeply grateful for his support,” said Newman. “His generosity helps ensure highly competitive ski teams for both men and women that will embody excellence and represent New Hampshire with distinction.”
    Putnam skied for UNH in the mid 1960s, and was captain of the freshman ski team before leaving the university to join the U.S. Army.
    “The University of New Hampshire is committed to being a prominent force in the world of competitive skiing, and private support is critical to its continued success,” said Putnam. “My feeling is every private gift to the university’s ski program also is a gift to New Hampshire’s official sport.”
    He announced the gift at a reception held recently at the NCAA Ski Championships, hosted by UNH this year at Attitash Mountain and the Jackson Ski Touring Center.


BARTLETT, N.H.Veronique Archambault-Leger (Montreal, Quebec) and Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) of the University of New Hamshire ski team earned All-America Team honors at the 2007 NCAA Skiing Championships that were hosted by UNH from March 7-10 at Attitash and Jackson Cross Country Center.
    Archambault-Leger raced to a third-place finish in the slalom and giant slalom competitions to earn All-America Team honors in both disciplines. Farrell received All-America distinction for her seventh-place finish in the giant slalom.



BARTLETT, N.H.-The Dartmouth College alpine ski team took care of business in the slalom and the overall Big Green ski program became national champions on Saturday, March 10, the final day of the NCAA Skiing championships held at Attitash and hosted by the University of New Hampshire.

Dartmouth held a 38-point advantage over second-place Denver heading into today's competition and led by 50 points in the final NCAA standings with 698 points as compared to Denver's mark of 648 points. Defending national champion University of Colorado was third with 592 points, followed by Utah (536), Vermont (400.5), Middlebury (390), New Mexico (390), Northern Michigan (380), Montana State (310), Nevada (288.5), New Hampshire (255), Alaska Anchorage (243), Bates (251) and Alaska-Fairbanks rounded out the teams with over 200 pionts. In all 22 teams scored in the event.




    BARTLETT, N.H. — The University of New Hampshire skiing team placed 11th at the 2007 NCAA Skiing Championships, which were hosted by the UNH Athletic Department at Attitash and Jackson XC.
    The winner of the national title was Dartmouth with 689 points, while the Wildcats, who had a full contingent of Alpine skiers but no Nordic skiers, finished with 255.



           Jackson, N.H.--There is a nervous excitement growing among Dartmouth ski fans who were on hand at the NCAA Skiing Championships, which are being hosted by the University of New Hampshire and were held at Jackson XC on Friday.

            The Big Green, after three days of action completed, is in the lead for the second consecutive day (511 points), and has built a slightly comfortable advantage over second-place Denver (473 points) and third-place Colorado (429.0), the defending national champions.

Over the past 10 NCAA Skiing Championships, the team leading after three days, or after six events completed, has gone on to win the national title. It’s easy to see why Dartmouth fans are nervous going into the final day of slalom action at Attitash on Saturday (March 10).




Bartlett, N.H. The Big Green of Dartmouth College has taken full advantage of its opportunity to showcase its overall team talent within its own state of New Hampshire, despite cold and windy conditions, and now leads the NCAA Skiing Championship team point totals with 330 following an exciting day of alpine giant slalom racing at Attitash on Thursday., March 8.

            Dartmouth is just a single point ahead of a surging Denver team (329), which enjoyed its second individual champion on the men’s side in as many days, as Adam Cole took the gold medal with a two-run total of 2:20.42. Denver had two of the top three men finishers as Francesco Ghedina took third-place honors with a total of 2:22.17.




        JACKSON, N.H.The flowers at the flower ceremony could not have smelled any sweeter for the Northern Michigan University women’s Nordic Freestyle squad and their coach Sten Fjeldheim, as they swept the top three positions in the first day of competition at the NCAA Skiing Championships held at Jackson XC Center on Wednesday afternoon. The host of the event is the University of New Hampshire.


DURHAM, N.H. — The following is a look at recaps for each of the skiing regions heading into the NCAA Men's and Women's Skiing Championships, which are being hosted by the University of New Hampshire on March 7-10 at Attitash and Jackson XC in the Mount Washington Valley.


    INDIANAPOLIS---The NCAA Men’s and Women’s Skiing Committee announced today the 74 men and 74 women selected to participate in the 2007 National Collegiate Men’s and Women’s Skiing Championships, to be held March 7-10 at Attitash and Jackson XC in Mt. Washington Valley, New Hampshire. The championships will be hosted by the University of New Hampshire.


DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire ski team will be sending six of its members – all from the alpine team – to the NCAA Skiing Championships on March 7-10.
      Heading to the NCAA’s will be freshmen Veronique Archambault-Leger (Montreal, Quebec), Cynthia Tessier (Rawdon, Quebec) and Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario) from the women’s team and senior Joe Dunn (Stockbridge, Vt.), sophomore Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y) and freshman Willie Ford (Plymouth, N.H.) from the men’s team.
     The Wildcats had four other skiers who qualified but were not picked for the championships, including Nordic alternate Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.). Junior Randall Bloom (Norwalk, Conn.), senior Mindy Regii (Campton, N.H.) and sophomore Eilleen Dent (Castorland, N.Y.) also qualified in alpine, with Bloom being chosen as the first alternate to race if the injured Dunn is unable to compete.


MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Five members of the University of New Hampshire ski team were honored by the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association at the conclusion of the EISA Championship last Saturday in Middlebury, Vt.
      Freshman Veronique Archambault-Leger (Montreal, Quebec) was named EISA Women’s Alpine Rookie of the Year and also took home the award which honored her as the Alpine Points Champion.
      Four UNH alpine skiers were named to the All-East Team, including Archambault-Leger who was named First Team on top of her two other awards.  Sophomore Sean McNamara (Honeoye, N.Y.), senior Joe Dunn (Stockbridge, Vt.) and freshman Cynthia Tessier (Rawdon, Quebec) were all named Second Team, as was women’s Nordic skier sophomore Sarah Wright (Wyoming, Minn.).


MIDDLEBURY, Vt.  – Veronique Archambault-Leger (Montreal, Quebec) won the women’s giant slalom for the fourth time this season to highlight the University of New Hampshire ski team’s fourth-place finish at the EISA Championships, which were held Feb. 23-24 at Middlebury Snow Bowl (alpine) and Rikert Touring Center (Nordic).
    UNH, which also placed fourth in all five regular-season carnivals, amassed 682 points to finish behind Dartmouth College (928.5 points), University of Vermont (858) and Middlebury College (833) in the 17-team event.
    Archambault-Leger, the EISA Women’s Alpine Points Champion, Women’s Alpine Rookie of the Year and All-East First Team honoree, raced to another giant slalom victory with an overall time of 2 minutes, 5.67 seconds. She was one of two skiers to complete the first run under one minute (59.87) and recorded the fastest time in the second run (1:05.80).



WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.  – Veronique Archambault-Leger (Montreal, Quebec) recorded a sweep of the women’s alpine events for the second time this season and the men’s Nordic squad recorded the highest team score in the classic sprints competition to highlight the University of New Hampshire ski team’s fourth-place finish at the Williams Winter Carnival, which was held Feb. 16-17.
    UNH, which placed fourth in all five carnivals this season, recorded a total of 687.5 points to finish behind Dartmouth College (898 points), University of Vermont (843) and Middlebury College (806.5) in the 14-team event.
    Archambault-Leger began the weekend with Friday’s giant slalom at Jiminy Peak with a first-run time of 59.50 seconds and a second run of 56.08 to record a winning time of 1:55.58. On Saturday, the freshman excelled on the slalom course and won the event with a time of 1:42.66.


HANOVER, N.H.  Veronique Archambault-Leger (Montreal, Quebec), Cynthia Tessier (Rawdon, Quebec) and Eilleen Dent (Castorland, N.Y.) all finished in the top 10 of Friday’s women’s slalom competition to lead the Wildcats to second place in the event and the University of New Hampshire ski team to a fourth-place finish overall at the Dartmouth Winter Carnival, which was held Feb. 9-10.

            UNH amassed a total of 561 points to place behind Dartmouth College (756 points), University of Vermont (729) and Middlebury College (670) in the 12-team event.

            Archambault-Leger raced to a third-place finish in Friday’s women’s slalom with a two-run time of 1 minute, 40.14 seconds on the Dartmouth Skiway course. Tessier completed her runs in 1:40.40 to place fifth and Dent completed the team scoring in ninth place at 1:41.76. Mindy Regii (Campton, N.H.) did not score but had an impressive 15th-place finish at 1:43.67.




STOWE, Vt.  – Veronique Archambault-Leger (Montreal, Quebec) won the giant slalom for the second time in as many weeks to lead a rookie triumvirate of University of New Hampshire skiers in the top six of that event and the UNH ski team to fourth place overall at the University of Vermont Winter Carnival, which was held Feb. 2-3.
    UNH recorded the top team score in Friday’s women’s giant slalom with 91 points and recorded 531 points overall. Dartmouth College (634 points), Vermont (631) and Middlebury College (596) finished ahead of the Wildcats in the 11-team carnival.
    Archambault-Leger was the only skier to complete the first run of Friday’s women’s giant slalom under 70 seconds (1:09.40) and was clocked in 1:12.92 in the second run for a winning overall time of 2:22.32. Cynthia Tessier (Rawdon, Quebec) took fourth place with a time of 2:25.51 on the Mt. Mansfield course on Friday to edge teammate Aileen Farrell (Ottawa, Ontario), who was sixth in 2:25.86.



BARTLET and JACKSON, N.H. – Veronique Archambault-Leger (Montreal, Quebec) earned first place in both the giant slalom and slalom races to highlight the University of New Hampshire’s fourth-place finish in the University of New Hampshire Winter Carnival, which was held Jan. 26-27; the Nordic events were held at Jackson XC while Attitash was the alpine venue.
    Dartmouth College won the UNH Carnival with a cumulative score of 784 points and was followed by University of Vermont (710 points) and Middlebury College (668) in the 12-team event. UNH, with 608 points, and Bates College (506) rounded out the top five places.
     On Saturday, UNH recorded the highest team score with 98 points in the women’s slalom. UNH’s top-10 triumvirate was led by Archambault-Leger’s winning time of 1:52.85. Tessier took fourth place in 1:54.34 and was followed closely by Farrell in eighth place at 1:54.85.
    The men’s alpine squad recorded a pair of top-5 finishes in the slalom with Dunn in fourth place with a two-run combined time of 1:38.17 and Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) in fifth place at 1:38.33. Ford completed the Wildcats’ scoring in 11th place at 1:39.00.


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BARTLET and JACKSON, N.H. – Led by first-place finishes in six of eight disciplines and a team-high score in each of those six events, the Dartmouth College ski team captured first place with 784 points in the University of New Hampshire Winter Carnival that was held Jan. 26-27. The Nordic events were held at Jackson XC while Attitash was the alpine venue.
    Dartmouth was followed by the University of Vermont (701 points), Middlebury College (668) and University of New Hampshire (608), which received first-place finishes from Veronique Archambault-Leger in both the women’s giant slalom and slalom competition.

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BARTLET and JACKSON, N.H. – Led by first-place finishes in the men’s giant slalom, women’s 5K freestyle and men’s 10K freestyle, the Dartmouth College ski team raced to a first-place lead after the first day of competition at the University of New Hampshire Winter Carnival. Friday’s alpine events were held at Attitash while the Nordic venue was Jackson XC.
    Dartmouth amassed the top team scores in those three disciplines with 96 points in the men’s giant slalom, 103 in the women’s 5K free and 101 in the men’s 10K free as part of the Big Green’s overall score of 387 points.
    The University of Vermont, with a carnival-best 90 points in the women’s giant slalom, is in second place with 350.5 points and is followed closely by Middlebury College at 341.5. Bates College (268 points) and host UNH (266) round out the top five in the 12-team event, which will conclude Saturday.
    UNH's Veronique Archambault-Leger (Montreal, Quebec), who won last week’s slalom race at St. Michael’s Carnival, recorded the fastest two-run time of 2:22.57 to win the women’s giant slalom on her home course.


DURHAM, N.H.  – The University of New Hampshire ski team, coming off a fourth-place finish in last weekend’s season opener at the St. Michael’s Carnival, will compete at home this weekend in the University of New Hampshire Carnival on Jan. 26-27. The Nordic competition will be held at Jackson XC (Jackson, N.H.) and the alpine events will be held at Attitash (Bartlet, N.H.).
    Competition at both venues begin at 9:30 a.m. on both Friday and Saturday.


HUNTINGTON and JEFFERSONVILLE, Vt.  – Veronique Archambault-Leger (Montreal, Quebec) won the women’s slalom race in her first weekend of collegiate competition to highlight the University of New Hampshire ski team’s fourth-place finish in the 2007 Eastern Intercollegiate Skiing Association (EISA) season opener at St. Michael’s College Winter Carnival, which was held Jan. 19-20.
    UNH amassed a total of 576 points to place behind Dartmouth College (697 points), University of Vermont (686) and Middlebury College (679) in the 12-team event.
    Archambault-Leger had a dominating performance in Saturday’s slalom competition to capture first place in the event. She completed the first run in 46.75 seconds – only two other skiers were clocked faster than 48 seconds – and was the only athlete to finish below 48 seconds in the second run (47.57) to record a winning time of 1:34.32 for a winning margin of 2.85 seconds; in comparison, the differential between second and 18th place was 2.71 seconds.


DURHAM, N.H.  – The University of New Hampshire ski team have the opportunity to race at home not once but twice in the 2007 season, as the Wildcats are host of the Wildcat Carnival on Jan. 26-27 as well as the NCAA Ski Championship from March 7-10 in Cory Schwartz’s 22nd season as coordinator and head coach of the Nordic squad.
    UNH recorded the highest team score in the giant slalom at the 2006 NCAA Ski Championship to lead the event after one day of competition, and the Wildcats’ ninth-place finish marked the team’s highest since 2002, when they were also ninth.
    Sophomore Sean McNamara (Honeoye Falls, N.Y.) earned All-America status in both the slalom and giant slalom at last year’s NCAAs. Senior Joe Dunn (Stockbridge, Vt.) earned All-America honors in the slalom and Joanna Kinsman (Fryeburg, Maine) was an NCAA competitor in the Nordic events for the ‘Cats.



DURHAM, N.H.  – Cory Schwartz, the director of the University of New Hampshire ski team and Nordic head coach, has announced the captains for the upcoming 2007 season. Joanna Kinsman (Fryeburg, Maine), Emily Eastman (Intervale, N.H.) and Rody Lageson (St. Paul, Minn.) will captain the Nordic squad while seniors Mindy Regii (Campton, N.H.) and Spencer Cowin (Newry, Maine) are charged with leading the Alpine team.
    UNH is the host of the 2007 NCAA Ski Championship from March 7-10 at Attitash and Jackson XC. The Wildcats open the 2007 season Jan. 19-20 at the St. Michael Carnival, and they host the UNH Carnival Jan. 26-27.



DURHAM, N.H.  — Meghan Burns is joining the 2007 University of New Hampshire ski team as a Nordic assistant coach for her first year of coaching in the college ranks. Burns is a 2005 graduate of St. Lawrence University and was a four-year member of the SLU ski team from 2002-05 and captained the team in the ’04 and ’05 seasons.
    Burns competed at the 2005 NCAA Championship in Stowe, Vermont and was named to the NCAA All-Academic Ski Team. She recorded six top-10 finishes in eight races during the 2005 carnival season as the Saints’ top women’s Nordic skier, and was also the team’s top finisher in both events at the NCAAs.


     Leanne Smith (North Conway, N.H.), the EISA Female Rookie Skier of the Year and an All-East First Team selection as a freshman alpine skier at the University of New Hampshire in 2006, is taking a year away from UNH to pursue an opportunity with the U.S. Ski Team in Park City, Utah.
    Highlights of Smith’s freshman season at UNH included winning the giant slalom at the Dartmouth Carnival and seven other top-10 finishes, including fourth place in the giant slalom and sixth in the slalom at the EISA Championship. Her 11th-place finish played a key role in UNH’s winning the giant slalom at the 2006 NCAA Championships.



          DURHAM, N.H. - The UNH Alpine and Nordic Ski Teams will be hosting a ski, snowboard and skate sale on Sunday October 29th.  20% of the proceeds from this sale will help support the effort of the UNH Ski Team for the 2006/2007 season.

 






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