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Panther men win regional slalom title

WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - The Plymouth State College men's ski team captured its second straight regional slalom title and fifth in the last seven years Sunday at the Eastern Regional Championships, hosted by the U.S. Collegiate Ski Association at Waterville Valley.

The Panthers had the top combined time from its top three skiers, finishing less than a second ahead of runner-up Colby-Sawyer College and third place Boston College. Clarkson finished fourth, followed by UMass Amherst, Green Mountain College, New England College and Army. There were 16 teams and 89 skiers that qualified for the event.

Freshman Tyler Barlow (South Burlington, Vt.) and senior Jake Manseau (Henniker, N.H.) were PSC's top finishers, placing seventh and eighth, respectively. Senior E.J. Cheney (Bethel, Maine) provided the Panthers with the depth they needed with a 13th place, while PSC's top skier, senior Tim Mitchell (Ashland, Mass), the defending champion, was leading after the first run but stumbled on his second run and finished 14th. Sophomore Brent Grygiel (Windham, Maine) was PSC's final finisher, placing 22nd.

Sophomore Whitney Swaffield (Wolfeboro, N.H.) was the only PSC woman to qualify for the race, and she represented the Panthers very well. She brought home third place overall after leading the field after the first run. Boston College captured the women's title, followed by Brown, Smith, and Colby-Sawyer. There were 16 teams and 77 skiers in the women's race.

The competition continues Monday with the giant slalom. The top placers will advance to the USCSA National Championships at Waterville Valley on Mar. 13-16.