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PSC Women's Skiers 4th in GS at Nationals

LINCOLN, N.H. - The women's skiers got Plymouth State College off to a good start Wednesday at the U.S. Collegiate Skiing Championships, held at Loon Mountain.

The Panther women brought home fourth place out of 17 schools in the team standings Wednesday in the giant slalom. Defending champion Sierra Nevada College placed first, followed by Wittman College, Boston College and PSC. The Panthers moved up one slot from last year's fifth place in the GS.

PSC finished Wednesday with two skiers earning All-America status by finishing in the top 15. Junior Anda Curuta (Sibiu, Romania) is an All-America for the third straight year after finishing fifth in the GS, while freshman Cherylanne Murphy (East Northport, NY) earned her first All-America selection with an 11th place finish.

Senior Cortney Cote (Gilford, NH/Manchester-Memorial) turned in the best performance of her career for the Panthers. After teammate Heidi Mann (Merrimack, NH) fell and Tara Eretzian (Turner, Maine) struggled, Cote came through with a 41st place to help PSC earn fourth place as a team.

The women's slalom is scheduled for Friday at Loon, while the men's GS is Thursday and the men's slalom wraps things up on Saturday.

The Panther women have finished fourth in the combined team standings at the nationals the past two years, while the men were fifth last season and national runner-up in 1998. Both PSC squads are led by veteran coach Kim Bownes.

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