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University of New Hampshire Nordic skiers Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah), Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden) and Sam Reed (Keene, N.H.) have each been nominated to the New England Nordic Ski Association Elite and Development Team.
Guiney, who was crowned UNH’s women’s Nordic team MVP, qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second straight season after recording top-10 finishes in 10 of the 11 races on the EISA circuit. The junior co-captain earned the region’s No. 10 ranking and secured a berth on the EISA All-East Second Team for the second consecutive year. Guiney claimed membership on the National Ski Coaches Association All-Academic Team for the third year in a row, and she is a nominee for the Capital One Academic All-District Women’s At-Large Team, an honor bestowed upon her during the 2010-11 campaign. The Park City, Utah, native was also inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society earlier this month.
Lindgren, the men’s Nordic team MVP, was the only male Wildcat Nordic competitor to qualify for the NCAAs. The co-captain, who was ranked 16th in the region, tallied a season-high, sixth-place finish in the 20K classic at Dartmouth, notched 10th place in the 10K classic at Vermont and placed 12th in the 20K free at UNH. The junior was named to the NSCA All-Academic Team for the third straight year and is a nominee for the 2011-12 Capital One Academic All-District Men’s At-Large Team. In 2012, he was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society, Sigma Pi Sigma Honors Society and Pi Mu Epsilon Honors Society
Reed, a freshman, capped a successful initial collegiate campaign by competing at the USSA Cross Country Junior Ski Championships in March. The Keene, N.H., native was tabbed to the NSCA All-Academic Team and earned top ‘Cat honors with an 18th-place finish in the 10K classic at the Williams Carnival.
The NENSA Elite and Development team nominee list represents athletes who have had success on a regional, national and international level this past winter. The NENSA teams exist as a program to aid in the appropriate development of top athletes toward the goal of international excellence. To find out more about the teams, visit www.nensa.net.
For the second consecutive year, University of New Hampshire women’s Nordic skier Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) has been recognized as one of the nation’s top student-athletes through her inclusion on the Capital One Academic All-District ® Women’s At-Large Team. The Academic All-District teams were revealed Friday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Guiney, the Wildcats’ Nordic team MVP, boasts a cumulative 3.98 grade point average as a genetics major. The junior co-captain has accumulated four semesters with a perfect 4.0 GPA, has garnered Dean’s List recognition during each of her first five semesters as a UNH student-athlete and three times has been tabbed a National Ski Coaches Association Academic All-Team representative.
In 2012, Guiney qualified for the NCAA Championships for the second straight season after recording top-10 finishes in 10 of the 11 EISA races for the East’s No. 10 ranking and a second consecutive berth on the EISA All-East Second Team. Earlier this month, the Park City, Utah, native was nominated to the New England Nordic Ski Association Elite and Development Team and inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society.
“Liz is an exemplary student-athlete who continually demonstrates excellence in the classroom and in competition,” UNH ski coordinator and Nordic head coach Cory Schwartz said. “We congratulate her on once again winning this well-deserved honor and look forward to her setting a great example for her teammates next season.”
As a member of the All-District First Team, Guiney advances to the Capital One Academic All-America ® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
For more information on the UNH ski team, visit www.unhwildcats.com
This past weekend found the nordies in Craftsbury VT for the Williams Carnival. Lack of snow down at Prospect Mtn. forced Williams to move the race farther north and also cancel one race, leaving just an individual 10km Classic event. However, we weren’t complaining, as conditions at Craftsbury were pretty stellar all around. The race course at Craftsbury was a welcome change from Trapp’s with some windy fast downhills and short but challenging hills spaced out on the 5k loop. In fact, I think the coaches were quite happy to stay at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center, which is literally two steps away from the race course and also boasts an amazing dining hall with tasty organic food. I mean, it may even top staying at the Eagle Mtn. House in Jackson, because we didn’t have to ski “all the way down a hill” to get to the course
So anyways, having just one race this weekend meant double the points, double the stakes, and double the flirting (oh, wait…that’s not supposed to be in here). The women were first on Saturday, and battled through some tough conditions to finish 3rd as a team once again. It may have been slick out there, but all the ladies put their heads down and raced hard the whole way. Tristan “feisty” Ramey led the way in 12th, myself, Liz “Bo Derek” Guiney, broke my 10th place streak with a 14th, Annika “wears the pants” Taylor was 21st, Elizabeth “everything’s great!” Izzo was 23rd, Danielle “jeggings“ Baron was 34th, and Kelsey “ GUYSSSS!! WAITTT!” Hoar was 45th.
The men raced next, and got their kick and glide on despite quickly disintegrating tracks out on the course. Sam “crash and burn” Reed led the boys in 18th, Erik “slight caffeine addiction” Lindgren was close behind in 19th, and Per “snygg” Lindgren was the 3rd scorer (apparently that means “sexy” in Swedish, I don’t know). Next was Johnny “the mullet” Springer in 25th, Dan “steady eddy” Guiney in 30th, and Nick “everyday is Wu-tang Wednesday” Mancuso in 37th. No makeouts this week, bummer! After the race everyone got to cheer on some of our UNH eastern cup racers, who were doing the TD Bank Eastern Cup finals Saturday and Sunday, also in Craftsbury, and turned in some great results.
Overall, it was some pretty tough racing out there, but I think I can speak for everyone and say that we gave it our all; especially the coaches, who magically seemed to be cheering on every uphill and intersection! Today we enjoyed a nice sunny ski and “crazy dress up” day at Gunstock. Next weekend we’ll be off to Stowe VT again for the Middlebury Carnival and EISA championships. With NCAA spots on the line, and a score to settle with Midd (we’ve been trading off 3rd and 4thteam places all year) it’s bound to be an exciting weekend. Thanks to all the parents for cheering and bringing us great food, and thanks to the coaches for another fun race weekend!
Quotes from the weekend:
Kelsey (talking to her skis): “Okay, klister. Let’s go play!”
Liz: “So… do you think they’re going to groom for the race tomorrow?”
Erik (is internet deprived in the NEK): “Oh Tristan, you have internet in your room? So do you think I could possibly stop by later?”
Per: “Niff niff niff niff niff niff” = the sounds that pigs make, in Sweden
-Liz Guiney ’13
After a short week we headed back up to the Trapp Family Lodge for Dartmouth’s Carnival (Carni-Crush). We had our heads in the game and were eager to put out some great results. The women hit the trails Friday morning competing in an individual start 5k skate race. Liz Guiney led the women’s team with yet another 10th place followed by freshman Annika Taylor and Tristan Ramey in 16th and 20th. The guys set out for a 10k skate is some warming temperatures. Johnny Springer led the men finishing 20th (I guess Johnny and Tristan need to make-out, its sort of an unwritten rule…) followed by Per Lindgren and Dan Guiney (22nd and 23rd).
For dinner we decided to get out of the Innsbrook and went to the Cactus Café where we enjoyed a great Mexican meal. When we got back to the Innsbrook it was time to get down to work and write our poems for carni-crush. After meticulously crafting together our Valentines we hit the hay and got a good nights rest for the 20k/15k classic races Saturday morning.
The mass start races were exhilarating to race in and fun to watch. The Lindgren brothers were in the lead group in the men’s field. Erik finished 6th and Per finished 8th. The men had a great day (and they beat UVM!) with Sam Reed (16th), Johnny (18th), Dan (20th), and Nick Mancuso (26th). Liz led the women’s team (hoping for anything but another 10th place finish), but finished 10th again. Tristan and Elizabeth Izzo rounded out the top three (12th and 20th), but the women had a good day was well with Baron (23rd), Taylor (30th), and Kelsey Hoar (35th). Overall, we finished out the weekend in 3rdplace.
Thanks to all the parents and Joe Miller for the great food table after the races! And to Cory, Steve, Kevin, and Katie for great skis and support on the trails!
Danielle Baron – ’12