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PSC Men finish as national runner-up in slalom

WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Plymouth State College had two All-Americans and finished runner-up in the team standings Saturday in the men's slalom at the U.S. Collegiate Ski & Snowboard Association's National Championships at Waterville Valley.

Saturday's finish marks the second straight year and third time in the last five years that PSC has finished second in the nation in the slalom. The Panthers have placed in the top five in the slalom the past five years, finishing runner-up in 1998 and 2001 while placing third in 2000 and fifth in 1999.

Sierra Nevada College successfully defended its team slalom title. PSC was second, followed by Colby-Sawyer College and St. Olaf College. There were 19 teams that qualified to compete in the championships. Plymouth State's second-place time (274.64 seconds), which includes two runs by its top three skiers, was almost 10 seconds behind Sierra Nevada College but more than three seconds ahead of Colby-Sawyer.

Senior Tim Mitchell (Ashland, Mass.) and freshman Tyler Barlow (South Burlington, Vt.) both earned All-America honors for PSC by finishing in the top 15. Mitchell placed fourth, missing third place and a spot on the awards platform by .01 of a second, but was captured All-America recognition for the second time this week (he was 14th in the GS on Thursday) and the sixth time in his career. Barlow placed 11th and earned his first All-America accolades.

Senior Jake Manseau (Henniker, N.H.) was PSC's third finisher, placing 21st to help the team clinch second place. He had been 25th and 31st the past two years. Sophomore Brent Grygiel (Windham, Maine) also finished 22nd for PSC, and sophomore Garrett Lashar (Kingfield, Maine) was PSC's final skier, finishing 80th.

The USCSA includes 141 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada. The top teams in the regular season advance to regional championships, and the top teams at the regionals qualify for the national championships.