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March 15, 2002

Swaffield earns All-America honors in slalom

WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Plymouth State College sophomore Whitney Swaffield (Wolfeboro, N.H.) earned All-America honors in alpine skiing Friday by finishing in the top 15 in the slalom event at the U.S. Collegiate Ski Association's National Championships at Waterville Valley.

Swaffield, who was in ninth place after the first run, posted the fifth fastest time in the second run to end up in seventh place overall. She was the second fastest skier from the East, behind Boston College's Lori Williams, who finished third. It is Swaffield's first All-America selection in skiing.

Team champion Sierra Nevada College had four of the top five skiers in Friday's slalom to win the team title. Whitman College's Michelle Wall was sixth with a combined time of 1:34.14, just .06 ahead of Swaffield's time of 1:34.20.

Swaffield, who finished third in the slalom and runner-up in the GS and combined alpine last month at the Eastern Regional Championships, overcame disappointment from Wednesday's giant slalom when she was disqualified after missing the final gate.

The competition concludes Saturday with the men's slalom. While Swaffield was the only PSC woman to qualify for the event, the Panthers are competing as a team in the men's races.

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