WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - The Plymouth State College ski racing teams clinched the Eastern Regional Championships Monday at Waterville Valley after sweeping the giant slalom races.
The Panther men earned their fifth consecutive combined regional title with team victories in both the slalom on Sunday and the GS on Monday. PSC placed first among the 16 schools, ahead of runner-up Colby-Sawyer. Rounding out the top five, which all advance to the national championships, were Green Mountain College, Boston College and Clarkson University.
The Panther women captured their first combined regional crown since 1996 with a first in the GS Monday following Sunday's second place in the slalom. Brown finished runner-up in the team standings, followed by Boston College in third and Colby-Sawyer and UMass, tied for fourth.
PSC had all five men's skiers finish in the top 10 in the GS Monday, among 85 competitors. Senior Fred DeBaets (St. Sauveur, QUE) had a terrific afternoon, finishing first in the GS to capture a share of the overall individual regional championship. Junior Tim Mitchell (Ashland, Mass.), who won the slalom on Sunday, tied for second in the GS Monday and tied his teammate DeBaets for the individual championship.
The other top 10 finishers for PSC in Monday's GS included sophomore Justin Parent (Sanbornville, N.H.) in sixth, senior Jake Manseau (Henniker, N.H.) in ninth, and junior EJ Cheney (Bethel, Maine) in 10th. In Sunday's slalom, Manseau was 13th, Parent was 16th, and Cheney 32nd.
Senior Anda Curuta (Sibiu, Romania) continued her terrific collegiate career, capturing her fourth consecutive Eastern Regional individual championship. She won both the slalom on Sunday and the GS on Monday, and has finished first a remarkable 28 times in 37 career ski races.
Providing strong support Monday to help PSC win the team title in the GS were sophomore Cher Murphy (East Northport, N.Y.) in fifth place, freshman Whitney Swaffield (Wolfeboro, N.H.) in ninth, freshman Erin Reilly (Marion, Conn.) in 19th, and sophomore Janine Iannillo (Monroe, N.Y.) in 20th. In Sunday's slalom, Swaffield was 11th, Murphy was 21st, senior Tara Eretzian (Turner, Maine) was 23rd and Iannillo was 29th.
Plymouth State and the other top five teams advance to the U.S. Collegiate Snowsport Association's national championships on March 7-10 at Bogus Basin, Idaho.