TRUCKEE, Cal. - Sophomore alpine skier Tyler Barlow (South Burlington, Vt.) earned All-America honors in the giant slalom Thursday, helping Plymouth State College to a sixth place finish in the men's GS at the U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association's National Championships, held at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort.
Barlow finished in 12th place among the nearly 100 skiers in the race, with the top 15 placers earning All-America honors. He had finished eighth in the GS at the Eastern Regional Championships last month. Barlow showed improvement from last year, when he finished 37th in the GS.
All five Panthers finished in the top 40 in Thursday's GS. Freshman Rob Kiely (New London, N.H.) was the next Panther finisher, placing 26th. Junior Brent Grygiel (Windham, Maine) was 31st, junior Garrett Lashar (Kingfield, Maine) was 33rd, and senior Bill Feather (Waterville Valley, N.H.) was 40th.
"We had a pretty good day," said PSC head coach Kim Bownes. "You can always do better, but I'm really happy with the way we skied."
Western schools had the top two schools in the team standings, but Eastern schools took the next four places. Perennial champion Sierra Nevada College won the team title, with the University of British Columbia finishing runner-up. Boston College, Colby-Sawyer, the University of Massachusetts and PSC rounded out the top six. There are 19 schools that have qualified and are participating in the event.
The USCSA National Championships continue this week with the women's slalom on Friday, and the men's slalom on Saturday. PSC qualified both its men's and women's team for the affair by placing in the top five two weeks ago at the Eastern Regional Championships.