CHARLEMONT, Mass. - Plymouth State College completed the opening weekend of the alpine ski racing season Sunday, finishing in the middle of the pack in the giant slalom at the UMass Winter Carnival at Berkshire East Mountain in western Massachusetts
The Panther men placed fourth out of 10 competing schools in the GS, while the PSC women finished sixth out of 11 schools. The Panther men were third in Saturday's slalom and the women placed sixth.
Junior Whitney Swaffield (Wolfeboro, N.H.) paced the Panthers, finishing in sixth place among 80 skiers in the women's race. Freshman Chantelle Heroux (Cooperstown, N.Y.) was the next-best placer for PSC, finishing 22nd. Sophomore Carol McCarthy (East Rochester, N.H.) and freshman Kelsey Real (Lanesboro, Mass.) placed 34th and 35th, respectively.
The Panther women finished in sixth place behind UMass, Brown, Boston College, Colby-Sawyer, and Smith, and ahead of St. Anselm, Babson, MIT, UConn and New England College.
Sophomore Tyler Barlow (South Burlington, Vt.) was the top Panther skier in the men's GS race, placing ninth out of 100 skiers. Senior Bill Feather (Waterville Valley, N.H.) and junior Brent Grygiel (Windham, Maine) were the second and third finishers for PSC, placing 20th and 21st, and freshman Skip Bartlett (Silver Lake, N.H.) and Brett Trusock finished 32nd and 33rd, respectively.
PSC placed fourth in the men's race behind Colby-Sawyer, UMass and Boston College and ahead of Babson, St. Anselm, Brown, MIT, UConn and New England College.
"It was kind of a tough weekend to start out," said PSC coach Kim Bownes. "We had several falls, but I expect we will get better as the season goes on."
PSC will host the Plymouth State Winter Carnival next weekend (Jan. 25-26) at Waterville Valley (N.H.).