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PSU Skiers post strong finishes in GS at Eastern Regionals

 WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - They weren't as outstanding as Saturday's slalom results, but the Plymouth State University ski teams turned in strong performances Sunday in the giant slalom races at the Eastern Regional Championships at Waterville Valley, hosted by the U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA).

            The Panther men's team finished runner-up among 16 schools in Sunday's GS, while the Panther women placed fifth among 15 teams.  The PSU men's squad, which won Saturday's slalom, shares the combined Eastern Regional Alpine Championship with UMass Amherst's men's team, which was second in the slalom and first in the GS. The PSU women, who were second in Saturday's slalom, finish in a three-way tie for third place in the combined alpine with Colby-Sawyer and UMass Amherst, all behind team champion Boston College and runner-up Brown.

            The top five men's and women's schools in the combined alpine, which includes both PSU teams, advance to the USCSA National Championships on Mar. 8-11 at Sugarloaf USA (Maine).

            PSU had three skiers finish in the top 10 in the men's GS race, and all five placed in the top 20 among the 80 racers.  Freshman Josh Bedard (Laconia, N.H.) was the top Panther finisher in fifth place, while senior Chad Demetry (Francestown, N.H.) was seventh and sophomore Jason Hey (Northboro, Mass.) was eighth.  Demetry has finished in the top 12 in all 12 races this season, and has nine consecutive top-seven finishes.  Rounding out PSU's finishers Sunday were senior Topher Harlow (North Conway, N.H.) in 18th and classmate Skip Bartlett (Silver Lake, N.H.) in 19th.

            Sophomore Kara Marvelli (Franconia, N.H.) led the Panther women's contingent in the GS, tying for eighth place among the 78 racers.  Freshman Paige Frohock (Boise, Idaho) was right behind in 12th, followed by classmate Kate Van Riper (Carabasset Valley, Maine) in 17th and sophomore Melissa Caflisch (Clymer, N.Y./Northwood School) in 26th.  Junior Amelia Hough (Gloucester, Mass.) fell and did not finish.

            PSU showed its depth in the men's individual combined alpine standings, as Harlow placed third, followed by Bedard in sixth, Demetry in seventh, sophomore Vincent DiNapoli (Ludlow, Vt.) in ninth, and Bartlett in 13th.  In the women's individual combined alpine standings, Caflisch was the top Panther in fifth place, while Marvelli, Frohock and Van Riper came in ninth, 10th, and 11th, respectively, and senior Kristy Hoch (China, Maine) was 31st.

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