PSU Skiers finish strong in slalom races held at Tenney

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - Both of Plymouth State University's alpine ski teams had strong finishes in the slalom races Saturday at the Brown University Winter Carnival held at Tenney Mountain.

The Panther women moved up three places with a strong second run and finished third overall among 10 teams, their highest finish of the season. In the men's format, all 10 schools divided their teams into two squads, and PSU teams finished second and third among the 19 teams.

PSU had three women finish in the top 13 among the 65 racers. Senior All-America Whitney Swaffield (Wolfeboro, N.H.) brought home fourth place, her highest slalom finish of the season. Sophomores Chantelle Heroux (Cooperstown, N.Y.) and Kristina Hoch (China, Maine) also had strong runs and placed 10th and 13th, respectively.

Freshman Topher Harlow (North Conway, N.H.) led a Panther men's contingent that had six of the top 15 finishers. Harlow finished first overall among the 80 skiers, his second victory in three slalom races this season. He got strong support from his teammates, including junior Chad Demetry (Francestown, N.H.), who finished sixth, sophomore Bill Halberstadt (Concord, N.H.), who registered a season-best eighth place, sophomore Matt Prendergast (Westminster, Mass.), who was 10th, junior All-America Tyler Barlow (South Burlington, Vt.), who placed 12th, and sophomore Rob Kiely (New London, N.H.), who was 15th.

Colby-Sawyer's ‘A' Team won the scoring in the men's race, with PSU's ‘A' Team second and its ‘B' Team third. UMass Amherst took the 10-team women's team event, with Colby-Sawyer finishing second and PSU a season-best third.

The ski racing moves to Loon Mountain (N.H.) on Sunday for the giant slalom.

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