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Plymouth State Skier to compete at USSA National Championships

PLYMOUTH, N.H. - The top skier on the Plymouth State University women's ski team will be competing this weekend at the United States Ski Association (USSA) National Alpine Championships at Alyeska Resort in Alaska.

PSU senior Whitney Swaffield (Wolfeboro, N.H.) earned in invitation to the prestigious event based on her outstanding performance at the U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association's (USCSA) National Championships two weeks ago at Sugerloaf Mountain in Maine. The top American female and male finishers at the USCSA Nationals, which were Swaffield and Sierra Nevada College's Dana Greenwood, earned a spot in the USSA Nationals.

The USSA Nationals will include members of the U.S. National Alpine Ski Team and world-class ski racers, such as New Hampshire native Bode Miller. Swaffield will race in the women's slalom this Sunday (Mar. 21) and the women's giant slalom on Tuesday (Mar. 23).


A seven-time collegiate All-American, Swaffield finished sixth in the GS and 13th in the slalom at the USCSA Nationals at Sugarloaf, which gave her fifth place in the women's individual alpine event. The top four women were Europeans, which made Swaffield the top American and earning her the berth in the USSA race.

Swaffield led the PSU women to a fifth place in the combined alpine team standings at the USCSA Nationals. The Panthers are guided by veteran head coach Kim Bownes.

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