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PSU Skiers sweep slalom races at Ascutney Mountain

ASCUTNEY, Vt. - The Plymouth State University ski teams enjoyed their best day of the season Saturday, sweeping the men's and women's slalom races at the Boston College Winter Carnival at Ascutney Mountain.

The Panther men's squad finished first among nine schools (Colby-Sawyer, UMass Amherst, Boston College, Babson, MIT, Brown, UConn and Saint Anselm were the others), PSU's third team victory in seven men's races this season. The Panther women's team finished first among 10 teams (the same schools as the men plus Smith College), PSU's first women's team victory since winning the slalom at the Plymouth State Carnival at Waterville Valley on Jan. 25, 2003.

There were four Panthers who finished in the top 10 among the 62 women's racers. PSU sophomore Melissa Caflisch (Clymer, N.Y./Northwood School) led the field, earning her first victory of the year and her sixth top-four finish in seven starts this season. Joining Caflisch in the top 10 for PSU were freshman Kate Van Riper (Carabasset Valley, Maine) with a season-best fourth place, senior Chantelle Heroux (Cooperstown, N.Y.) with a season-best ninth place, and sophomore Kara Marvelli (Franconia, N.H.) in 10th, her second-best outing this winter.

Sophomore Jason Hey (Northboro, Mass.) and senior Chad Demetry (Francestown, N.H.) finished second and third for the PSU men among the 78 racers. It was Hey's top finish in 18 career starts, while Demetry matched his season's best finish and has posted six straight top-10 finishes. PSU had five finishers in the top 14, with freshmen Seth Bartlett (Silver Lake, N.H.) posting a season-best ninth place, senior Billy Halberstadt (Concord, N.H.) finishing 13th for the third straight race, and senior Skip Bartlett (Silver Lake, N.H.) crossing the line in 14th.

The teams will be back on the same mountain Sunday for giant slalom races.

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