Ski Team Announces 2011-12 Alpine & Nordic Captains

DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire ski program announced its captains for the 2011-12 season Wednesday. Paul Atkinson (Toronto, Ontario) and Marie-Elaine Lepine (Mont-Tremblant, Quebec) will captain the alpine team, while Tom Reagan (Freeport, Maine), Erik Lindgren (Pitea, Sweden), Danielle Baron (Gilford, N.H.) and Liz Guiney (Park City, Utah) will serve as co-captains for the Nordic team.

“Both our alpine and Nordic teams are stocked with experienced skiers who lead by example athletically and academically,” 27th-year UNH Ski Coordinator and 30th-year Nordic head coach Cory Schwartz said. “We are primed for an exciting season and look forward to our captains paving the way for success in 2012.”

Atkinson, who is the co-president of the UNH Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, was named the alpine men’s team MVP last season. The senior is a three-time NCAA Championship participant who placed 17th in the giant slalom during last winter’s NCAAs at Vermont. The 2011 EISA All-East First Team skier was named to the USCSCA All-Academic Team and was a 2010-11 Men’s At-Large Academic All-America ® District 1 nominee. Lepine, a junior, claimed alpine women’s team MVP honors last season after qualifying for the NCAA Championships for the second straight year. She finished 21st in GS at the NCAAs on the heels of an eighth-place run in GS at the EISA Championships at Bates.

On the Nordic side, Reagan will serve as a men’s co-captain during his senior campaign. The Freeport, Maine, resident and Exeter, N.H., native competed in two carnivals last season. Lindgren, a junior, takes on a Nordic co-captain role after tallying a season-high eighth-place finish in the 20K classic at UVM last year and claiming a spot on the USCSCA All-Academic Team.

Baron, a senior who posted a season-high 10th-place finish in the 10K classic 3×5 relay at Colby in 2011, is the lone female New Hampshire native to serve as Nordic co-captain this season. She is joined by Guiney, a junior, who was named to the 2011 EISA All-East Second Team, the USCSCA All-Academic Team and the 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-District ® Women’s Team a season ago.

The 2012 EISA season gets underway Jan. 20-21 at the Bates Winter Carnival, with alpine racing scheduled for Sunday River and Nordic racing slated for Black Mountain. For more information on the UNH ski program, visit www.unhwildcats.com or www.unhskiing.com.