Panther Men finish 5th at Nationals

TRUCKEE, Cal. - Plymouth State College wrapped up the week at the U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association's National Championships Saturday with a fifth place finish in the men's slalom event, held at Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort.

The fifth in the slalom, in addition to Thursday's sixth place in the giant slalom, gives the Panther men fifth place in the combined alpine team standings. Sierra Nevada College successfully defended its team title, but four of the next five schools were from the east - Boston College in second, Colby-Sawyer third, University of British Columbia fourth, PSC fifth and UMass sixth. There were 19 schools that qualified for and participated in the event.

Sophomore Tyler Barlow (South Burlington, Vt.) led the Panthers, as he has done all season. Barlow tied for fifth place in Saturday's slalom, and including his 12th in Thursday giant slalom, he placed eighth in the individual combined alpine. Barlow earns All-America honors in all three events (slalom, GS, combined), as the top 15 in each discipline are named All-Americans. Barlow was also an All-American as a freshman with an 11th place in the slalom.

Freshman Rob Kiely (New London, N.H.) was PSC's next finisher, placing 21st in the slalom. Junior Garrett Lashar (Kingfield, Maine) was 29th, junior Brent Grygiel (Windham, Maine) placed 55th, and freshman Skip Bartlett (Silver Lake, N.H.) finished 69th. There were 115 skiers in the men's slalom.

PSC qualified both its men's and women's team for the USCSA national championships by placing in the top five two weeks ago at the Eastern Regional Championships. The Panther men were fourth and the women fifth.