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Panthers finish 1st & 5th at Ascutney Mtn.

ASCUTNEY, Vt. - Plymouth State College placed first in the men's division and fifth in the women's Saturday in the slalom event at the Boston College Winter Carnival held at Ascutney Mountain.

The Panther men, who won the team slalom for the third straight weekend, placed first among the 10 schools. Colby-Sawyer finished runner-up, with UMass, Boston College and New England College rounding out the top five. The PSC women, who placed sixth in the slalom the past three weeks, moved up to fifth this week among the 11 schools, behind BC, Colby-Sawyer, Brown and UMass.

Senior Tim Mitchell (Ashland, Mass.) continued his domination of the other racers, placing first in the slalom for the third straight week. The Eastern Regional individual co-champion last year, Mitchell also has two firsts and a second in the three giant slalom races this season.

The Panthers who joined Mitchell in helping PSC to the men's team title Saturday were freshman Tyler Barlow (South Burlington, Vt.) in sixth, senior EJ Cheney (Bethel, Maine) in 10th, sophomore Brent Grygiel (Windham, Maine) in 13th, and senior Jake Manseau (Henniker, N.H.) in 16th.

Sophomore Whitney Swaffield (Wolfeboro, N.H.) was the top PSC placer in the women's division, just as she has in all seven races this season. She has improved her finish in the slalom every week this season, going from 12th place the first week, to fifth the second week, third last week, and second on Saturday.

After Swaffield, the top PSC women's finishers were junior Heidi Mann (Merrimack, N.H.) in 22nd and freshman Carol McCarthy (East Rochester, N.H.) in 31st.

The competition continues Sunday with the giant slalom.