PSC Men 2nd, Women 3rd in GS at Ascutney

ASCUTNEY, Vt. - Neither team was victorious, but both the men's and women's ski teams from Plymouth State College turned in solid efforts Sunday in the giant slalom at the Boston College Winter Carnival, held at Ascutney Mountain in Vermont.

The Panther men's team placed second out of 10 teams, while the Panther women, competing without their top skier, finished third out of 11 teams.

PSC's men's squad, which had won two of the previous three GS races this season, finished runner-up to Colby-Sawyer. Boston College was third, followed by UMass, Babson, Brown, New England College, UConn, MIT and St. Anselm. The Panther women, who have also won two previous GS races, finished third behind Boston College and Colby-Sawyer, but it was an improvement over last week's fifth place in the GS and Saturday's seventh place in the slalom.

Plymouth State continues to dominate the individual finishes, capturing first place in both of Sunday's GS races. Junior Tim Mitchell (Ashland, Mass.) continued his outstanding season for the Panthers, taking first place in the men's division. He has captured all four slalom races this winter, and now has a first to go along with a second and a third in four GS competitions. Sophomore Cher Murphy (East Northport, N.Y.) was the individual winner of Sunday's women's GS, her second straight GS victory. She has finished no lower than third in six of her eight appearances this season, including all four GS races.

Mitchell was one of six Panthers to finish in the top 14 in the GS. Senior Fred DeBaets (St. Sauveur, QUE) placed fourth, sophomore Justin Parent (Sanbornville, N.H.) was seventh, junior EJ Cheney (Bethel, Maine) was ninth, senior Jake Manseau (Henniker, N.H.) was 11th, and freshman Brent Grygiel (Windham, Maine) was 14th.

Freshman Whitney Swaffield (Wolfeboro, N.H.) had one of her best performances of the season Sunday, placing third overall. 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 regular season concludes this Friday and Saturday (Feb. 16-17) at the Smith College Winter Carnival at Berkshire East (Mass.).