Panther Ski teams sweep PSC Winter Carnival

WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - The Plymouth State College skiing teams made it a complete sweep at the PSC Winter Carnival at Waterville Valley, winning both the men's and women's giant slalom Sunday after taking both slalom races Saturday.

It was the fourth straight team victory for the PSC men's team this season in four tries, while the Panther women finished runner-up in the first race and have now won three team events in a row.

The Panther men had the top three finishers in Sunday's GS, and six of the top 17. PSC finished first among 10 teams, with Colby-Sawyer, UMass, Boston College, and Brown rounding out the top five. The Panther women had two of the top three individuals in the GS, and finished ahead of the likes of Boston College, Colby-Sawyer, Brown and UMass.

Juniors Anda Curuta (Sibiu, Romania) and Fred DeBaets (St. Sauveur, Que.) continue to dominate the conference. Curuta captured both Saturday's slalom and Sunday's GS, giving her four straight victories this season. She has placed first a remarkable 16 times in 22 regular season races in her collegiate career. DeBaets took third in the slalom Saturday and came back to capture Sunday's GS, his third victory this season. He has won seven of 14 regular season races over the past two years, and has finished in the top five every time.

Sophomores Tim Mitchell (Ashland, Mass.) and EJ Cheney (Bethel, Maine) finished a strong weekend of skiing for PSC in Sunday's GS. Mitchell was runner-up in the GS after posting his first career victory in the slalom on Saturday, while Cheney placed third in the GS and fifth in the slalom. Junior Mike LeBlanc (Plymouth, NH) also turned in solid performances, finishing 15th in the slalom and 16th in the GS.

The rest of the top PSC men included freshman Justin Parent (Sanbornville, NH), ninth in the slalom; sophomore Jason McKenzie (Lincoln, NH), 13th in the slalom; and juniors Ryan Cornish (Carmel, NY) and Jacob Manseau (Henniker, NH), 11th and 17th in the GS, respectively.

Freshman Cherylanne Murphy (East Northport, NY) continued her fine start to the season for the Panther women. She placed third in the GS after a runner-up finish in the slalom, and has been in the top six in all four races this month. Junior Leesa Driscoll (Gray, Maine) also placed 20th in the GS and 27th in the slalom.

The rest of the top PSC women's finishers in the slalom were Heidi Mann (Merrimack, NH) in 17th, and Tara Eretzian (Turner, Maine) in 23rd. Rounding out the top Panther GS skiers freshman Janine Iannillo (Monroe, NY) in 15th, and senior Cortney Cote (Gilford, NH) in 33rd.

The Panthers return to New Hampshire next weekend (Feb. 5-6), skiing at Loon Mountain.

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