PSC completes regular season

HENNIKER, N.H. - Plymouth State College's men's and women's alpine skiing teams finished in the middle of the pack Saturday in the Smith College Winter Carnival slalom races at Pat's Peak.

The Panther men finished fourth among the 10 schools in Saturday's slalom, and also finished fourth in the final regular season team standings. The PSC women placed sixth in Saturday's slalom, and end up in fifth place for the regular season. The top five men's and women's team qualify for the Eastern Regional Championships at Waterville Valley on Feb. 22-23.

Junior Whitney Swaffield (Wolfeboro, N.H.) completed a stellar regular season for the Panther women, placing sixth in the slalom and finishing runner-up to Boston College's Lori Williams for the top regular season ranking. Swaffield, a 2002 All-American in the slalom, finished in the top six in nine of her 10 alpine races (five slalom, five GS) this season.

Freshman Chantelle Heroux (Cooperstown, N.Y.) also concluded a standout regular season for PSC. She placed 13th on Saturday and finishes 11th in the season standings. She finished in the top 16 in eight of her 10 races.

Sophomore Tyler Barlow (South Burlington, Vt.) wrapped up a strong campaign for the Panther men's squad. He placed fourth in Saturday's slalom, and finishes runner-up to Jake Colognesi of Brown University in the overall season standings. Barlow finished in the top 10 in all 10 alpine races this year (five slalom, five GS).

Freshman Rob Kiely (New London, N.H.) was PSC's next-best finisher Saturday in the slalom, placing 13th. Kiely concludes the regular season ranked 12th. Freshman Skip Bartlett (Silver Lake, N.H.) finished 18th Saturday and sophomore Chad Demetry (Francestown, N.H.) was 19th.

The PSC women are returning to the Eastern Regionals after missing out last season. The Panther men finished fifth at the Regionals last year. The top five teams and three individuals at the Eastern Regionals advance to the USCSA National Championships on Mar. 5-8 at Lake Tahoe, Cal.