Men 1st, Women 7th in slalom at Ascutney

ASCUTNEY, Vt. - The Plymouth State College men's ski team got back on the winning track Saturday, taking first place among 10 teams in the slalom event at the Boston College Winter Carnival, held at Ascutney Mountain in Vermont.

The Panther women, competing without their top skier, slipped to a disappointing seventh place out of 11 teams.

PSC's men's squad, which has won all four slalom races this season, finished ahead of runner-up Colby-Saywer. Boston College was third, followed by UMass and Babson. Smith College captured the women's team race, and was followed by Brown, Colby-Sawyer, Boston College, UMass, Babson, and then PSC.

Junior Tim Mitchell (Ashland, Mass.) continued his outstanding season for the Panthers, taking first place in the men's race. He has been the individual winner in all four slalom races this season. PSC had two other top 10 finishers - senior Fred DeBaets (St. Sauveur, QUE) in fifth and sophomore Justin Parent (Sanbornville, N.H.) in eighth.

Rounding out PSC's top men's finishers were junior EJ Cheney (Bethel, Maine) in 11th and senior Jake Manseau (Henniker, N.H.) in 18th.

Sophomore Cher Murphy (East Northport, N.Y.) was PSC's top finisher in the women's race, placing eighth overall. Freshman Whitney Swaffield (Wolfeboro, N.H.) placed 20th, and sophomore Janine Iannillo (Monroe, N.Y.) was 34th. The Panther women were without top skier Anda Curuta (Sibiu, Romania), who is skiing in the World Championships in Austria for her native country.

The event continues Sunday with the giant slalom races.