Panther Men's Skiers 3rd in Slalom; 2nd Overall

LINCOLN, N.H. - The men's and women's skiing team from Plymouth State College completed another strong showing on the national level Friday and Saturday in the slalom event at the U.S. Collegiate Skiing Championships, held at Loon Mountain.

The Panther men's squad placed third Saturday in the slalom, and combined with Thursday's third place in the giant slalom, finished runner-up in the overall team standings. The PSC women placed ninth in the slalom on Friday, and combined with the fourth place in the GS on Wednesday, finish fifth in the team standings.

In each slalom and giant slalom event, each team races five skiers on two runs apiece, with the combined times of the top three from each team used to determine the team standings.

PSC brought home two more All-Americans, an honor that goes to the top 15 individuals in an event. Junior Anda Curuta (Sibiu, Romania), who was fifth in the women's GS Wednesday, came home third in the slalom on Friday. She was seventh in the GS and fifth in the slalom at last year's nationals, and 11th in the GS and 16th in the slalom two years ago. Junior Fred DeBaets (St. Sauveur, Quebec) followed his 10th place in Thursday's GS with a 13th place in the slalom Saturday to become a career four-time All-American. He was 12th in the slalom last year, and fifth in the GS in 1998.

PSC's other finishers in the women's slalom Friday were juniors Leesa Driscoll (New Gloucester, Maine) in 49th and Tara Eretzian (Turner, Maine) in 50th. The other top Panther men's finishers in Saturday's slalom were sophomore EJ Cheney (Bethel, Maine) in 24th and junior Jake Manseau (Henniker, NH) in 25th.

The Panther women have finished in the top five in the combined team standings at the nationals the past three years, while the men were fifth in 1999 and national runner-up in 1998 and 2000.

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