PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The Plymouth State College men's ski racing team continues to dominate its division, while the PSC women's squad is looking to regroup after a disappointing weekend.
The Panther men swept the slalom and giant slalom races over the weekend at the Boston College Winter Carnival at Mt. Ascutney in Vermont. PSC has captured the team title in seven of eight races this season in the Osbourne Division of the Eastern Collegiate Skiing Conference, and finished runner-up the other time. The PSC women placed fifth in Saturday's slalom and fourth in Sunday's GS, its worst performances of the season.
The two men's races over the weekend finished with the same order at the top, among the 10 schools - PSC in first, Colby-Sawyer second, and UMass third. Boston College won the two women's races, with Colby-Sawyer and UMass swapping second and third place finishes.
The Panther men continue to use excellent depth to dominate the field. PSC had three of the top nine finishers in Saturday's slalom and three of the top 10 in Sunday's GS. Freshman Justin Parent (Sanbornville, NH) was the most consistent Panther, finishing fifth in the slalom and third in the GS.
Other top PSC men included juniors Fred DeBaets (St. Sauveur, QUE) and Ryan Cornish (Carmel, NY) and sophomores Tim Mitchell (Ashland, Mass.) and EJ Cheney (Bethel, Maine). DeBaets placed third in the slalom but lost a ski in the GS and did not finish, while Mitchell came back from a disappointing performance in the slalom to win the GS. Cheney placed ninth in the slalom, and Cornish was 10th in the GS.
Junior Anda Curuta (Sibiu, Romania) continues to rule the women's circuit for PSC, capturing both races over the weekend and keeping her 2000 record intact. She is a perfect 8-for-8 in winning races this season, and has recorded an unbelievable 20 victories in 26 regular season races in her career.
The rest of the top Panther women skiers over the weekend included freshman Heidi Mann (Merrimack, NH), 18th in the slalom and 12th in the GS, and junior Leesa Driscoll (New Gloucester, Maine), 23rd in the slalom and 20th in the GS.
The Panther men and women wrap up the regular season this weekend (Feb. 19-20) at the Smith College Carnival at Berkshire East in Massachusetts. The Eastern Regionals are Sunday-Monday, Feb. 27-28, at Waterville Valley.
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