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January 20, 2002

PSC finishes in middle of pack in GS

CHARLEMONT, Mass. - The Plymouth State College men's and women's ski teams finished in the middle of the pack Sunday in the giant slalom at the UMass Winter Carnival at Berkshire East Mountain.

The Panther men overcame falls to seven of the 10 skiers to place fourth overall among 10 teams, while the PSC women finished fifth among 11 schools, an improvement of one place from Saturday's slalom.

Senior Tim Mitchell (Ashland, Mass) and sophomore Whitney Swaffield (Wolfeboro, N.H.) were the top finishers for the Panthers. Mitchell rebounded from a sub-par performance in Saturday's slalom (70th place) to finish runner-up among the nearly 100 men's competitors. Swaffield followed up her 12th place in the slalom with an impressive fourth place in Sunday's women's GS.

Other strong Panther finishes in the men's GS race included freshman Tyler Barlow (South Burlington, Vt.), who placed eighth, and senior EJ Cheney (Bethel, Maine), who finished 10th. Sophomore Nick Forrest (Auburn, Maine) placed 29th for PSC, while senior Jake Manseau (Henniker, N.H.) and junior Bill Feather (Waterville Valley, N.H.) had strong second runs but fell on their first runs and finished out of the scoring.

PSC skiers finishing behind Swaffield in the women's race included sophomore Erin Reilly (Marion, Conn.) in 21st, junior Heidi Mann (Merrimack, N.H.) in 25th, and freshman Carol McCarthy (East Rochester, N.H.) in 35th.

"It was kind of a shaky weekend for us, compared to what we're used to," said head coach Kim Bownes, "but there were a lot of bright spots, too."

PSC will host the Plymouth State Winter Carnival next weekend (Jan. 26-27) at Waterville Valley (N.H.).

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