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PSU Skiers show strength and depth in slalom at Eastern Regionals

WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - It was an outstanding day for the Plymouth State University ski teams Saturday in the slalom races at the Eastern Regional Championships at Waterville Valley, hosted by the U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association.

The Panther men's team placed all five skiers in the top 10 among the 80 racers, capturing the team title among 16 schools.  The Panther women had four of their five entries place in the top 10 and PSU finished second among 15 teams in the women's standings.

Sophomore Melissa Caflisch (Clymer, N.Y./Northwood School) and senior Topher Harlow (North Conway, N.H.) anchored the PSU performance, each placing second overall.

Caflisch led a strong Panther women's contingent that included freshman Kate Van Riper (Carabasset Valley, Maine) in eighth, sophomore Kara Marvelli (Franconia, N.H.) in ninth, freshman Paige Frohock (Boise, Idaho) in 10th, and senior Kristy Hoch (China, Maine) in 26th. There were 78 racers in the women's event.

Harlow led an outstanding Panther men's performance that included sophomore Vincent DiNapoli (Ludlow, Vt.) in third, senior Chad Demetry (Francestown, N.H.) in sixth, freshman Josh Bedard (Laconia, N.H.) in seventh and senior Skip Bartlett (Silver Lake, N.H.) in ninth.

The PSU men, who qualified for the regionals by finishing first in the MacConnell Division during the regular season, finished first Saturday ahead of (in order) UMass Amherst, Colby-Sawyer, Boston College, Tufts, Babson, Clarkson, RPI, Colgate, UMaine Farmington, Boston University, Castleton State, Hamilton, WPI, Wesleyan, and Marist.

The PSU women, who qualified for the regionals by finishing fourth in the MacConnell Division during the regular season, finished second Saturday behind Boston College but ahead of (in order) Colby-Sawyer, Brown, UMass Amherst, Clarkson, Tufts, Colgate, UMaine Farmington, WPI, Boston University, Hamilton, Castleton State, Brandeis, and RPI.

The championships continue Sunday with the giant slalom.  The top five teams in the combined alpine (which include Saturday's slalom and Sunday's giant slalom) advance to the USCSA National Championships Mar. 8-11 at Sugarloaf, Maine.

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