PSC Men 3rd in GS at National Championships

BOISE, Idaho - Two Plymouth State College men's skiers earned All-America honors Thursday in the giant slalom, helping the Panthers to a third place at the national championships.

Junior Tim Mitchell (Ashland, Mass.) and senior Fred DeBaets (St. Sauveur, QUE) both finished in the top 15 in the GS at the U.S. Collegiate Snowsport Association National Championships at Bogus Basin Ski Area, thus earning All-America status. Mitchell brought home sixth place and DeBaets finished 14th. The two Panther skiers shared the individual combined championship at the Eastern Regionals last month.

Defending champion Sierra Nevada College won the GS team title Thursday, with Colby-Sawyer College finishing second and PSC third. There were 19 teams that participated in the championship.

Three other Panther skiers finished in the top 30, out of approximately 100 competitors. Sophomore Justin Parent (Sanbornville, N.H.) placed 19th, senior Jake Manseau (Henniker, N.H.) finished 27th, and junior EJ Cheney (Bethel, Maine) ended up 30th.

The championships continue the rest of the week, with the women's and men's slalom races slated for Friday and Saturday, respectively. Both PSC teams qualified for the national championships by winning the Eastern Regional titles at Waterville Valley on Feb. 25-26.