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PSU Men’s Skiers struggle in slalom at National Championships


- It was a tough day on the slopes for the Plymouth State University men's ski team Saturday in the slalom event at the U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships, held at Sugarloaf Mountain.

              The Panthers had several of its five skiers suffer from falls, and ended up in 15th place out of 18 schools in the slalom.  Combined with the third place the Panthers achieved in the giant slalom on Thursday, PSU finishes eighth as a team in the men's combined alpine scoring.

              Sierra Nevada College repeated as team champions, with western schools Rocky Mountain College and the University of British Columbia finishing 2-3.  Eastern schools Boston College and Colby-Sawyer College finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

              "It was not a very good day for us," said PSU veteran head coach Kim Bownes.  "We struggled from the start.  I thought we had a chance to hold it together, but it just wasn't our day."

              Senior Topher Harlow (North Conway, N.H.) was PSU's top skier Saturday and ended his career on a positive note.  He placed 17th in the slalom as the top Panther finisher, and ended up 14th in the individual combined alpine to earned Second Team All-America honors.  It is the seventh All-America accolade of his career.

              Senior Chad Demetry (Francestown, N.H.) came back from a fall in Thursday's GS to place 32nd in the slalom on Saturday.  Freshman Josh Bedard (Laconia, N.H.), who won the GS national championship Thursday, had to hike up the hill after a fall in the slalom and ended up in 72nd place.  Sophomore Vincent DiNapoli (Ludlow, Vt.) and senior Skip Bartlett (Silver Lake, N.H.) fell and did not finish.

              The Panthers qualified for this year's USCSA National Championships by finishing in a tie for first at the Eastern Regional Championships last month at Waterville Valley.

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