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Rocky start for Panthers in slalom

CHARLEMONT, Mass. - The ski racing season got off to a rough start Saturday for Plymouth State College in the slalom race at the UMass Winter Carnival at Berkshire East Mountain.

The Panther men's team placed fourth overall out of 10 teams, while the PSC women placed sixth out of 11 schools. Four PSC men fell during their runs, and one was disqualified after missing a gate. Both PSC teams won the slalom in the same event last season.

UMass Amherst captured the men's race, with Boston College finishing runner-up, Colby-Sawyer third and PSC fourth. Boston College was victorious in the women's race, followed by UMass, Brown, Colby-Sawyer, Smith and Plymouth State.

Senior Jake Manseau (Henniker, N.H.) was the top finisher for the PSC men, placing sixth. Sophomore Garrett Lashar (Kingfield, Maine) was next in 22nd place, followed by senior Brad Sheehan (Belmont, N.H.) in 26th, junior Bill Feather (Waterville Valley, N.H.) in 27th and sophomore Nick Forest (Auburn, Maine) in 28th. Panther senior Tim Mitchell (Ashland, Mass), sophomore Brent Grygiel (Windham, Maine) and freshmen Tyler Barlow (South Burlington, Vt.) and Joey Miller (Auburn, Maine) all fell and finished out of the scoring.

Sophomore Whitney Swaffield (Wolfeboro, N.H.) was PSC's top finisher in the women's race, placing 12th. Junior Heidi Mann (Merrimack, N.H.) came in 21st place, followed by sophomore Erin Reilly (Marion, Conn.) in 32nd and freshman Carol McCarthy (East Rochester, N.H.) in 37th.

The competition continues Sunday with the giant slalom.