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March 9, 2005

PSU Women’s Skiers place 10th out of 19 in giant slalom at Nationals

McCALL, Idaho - Freshman Kara Marvelli (Franconia, N.H.) turned in the top performance Wednesday in the giant slalom as Plymouth State University placed 10th among 19 teams in the giant slalom at the US Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association's National Championships at Brundage Mountain.

Marvelli finished 18th overall among the 97 skiers in the race.  She was 15th after the first run before falling back three spots after the second run.  The other two PSU racers who counted in the team scoring were junior Chantelle Heroux (Cooperstown, N.Y.), who placed 40th, and junior Kelsey Real (Lanesboro, Mass.), who finished 57th.

The other two members of the Plymouth State contingent fell.  Freshman Meghann McKenney (Hubbardstown, Mass.) recovered from a first-run fall but finished 89th, and sophomore Amelia Hough (Gloucester, Mass.) did not finish after a second-run tumble.

The Panthers were competing without their top skier, freshman Melissa Caflisch (Clymer, N.Y.), who was injured in a training run on Tuesday.

Defending champion Sierra Nevada College took top honors in the team standings.  PSU's rivals Colby-Sawyer, Brown and Boston College finished in the 2-3-4 spots.  Western schools took the 4-8 spots, followed by the University of Massachusett in ninth and PSU 10th.

The men's GS is slated for Thursday, with the women returning to action Friday with the slalom race.

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