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February 11, 2007

Both PSU Ski teams place fourth in GS at Ascutney, the final regular season race

ASCUTNEY, Vt. - The Plymouth State University ski teams wrapped up the regular season Sunday with fourth place finishes in the giant slalom at the Boston College Winter Carnival at Ascutney Mountain.

The Panther men placed fourth out of nine schools in Sunday's GS, and finish third overall in the final regular season standings in the MacConnell Division. The University of Massachusetts captured Sunday's race with Colby-Sawyer College second and Boston College third, and the order in the men's regular season standings has BC first, followed by UMass, PSU, Colby-Sawyer, MIT, Babson College, Saint Anselm College, the University of Connecticut, and Brown University.

The PSU women took fourth out of 10 schools in Sunday's GS, and end up fourth in the MacConnell Division standings. BC won the GS race on Sunday, with Colby-Sawyer, Brown, PSU and Smith College rounding out the top five, mirroring the same order of finish in the season standings.

Junior Jason Hey (Northboro, Mass.) capped off an outstanding regular season, clinching the men's individual combined title with a fifth-place finish among 80 skiers in Sunday's race. Hey placed in the top 10 in nine out of 10 races this winter, including six times in the top four. Junior Vinnie DiNapoli (Ludlow, Vt.), who won three slalom races this season, came in 17th in the GS on Sunday and finished fifth in the season standings, and senior Matt Prendergast (Westminster, Mass.) did not finish on Sunday but placed 13th for the season. Freshman Owen Carey-Hatch (Gilford, N.H.), followed his career-best eighth place in the slalom on Saturday with a seventh place in the GS on Sunday.

Sophomore Kate Van Riper (Carabasset Valley, Maine) was PSU's top finisher with a sixth place among 72 skiers in Sunday's women's GS, while junior Melissa Caflisch (Clymer, N.Y.) and freshman Alyssa Deane (Casper, Wyo.) were 10th and 11th, respectively. Caflisch is the top Panther woman in the final regular season standings in fourth place, while Van Riper is 12th and Deane 18th. Junior Kara Marvelli (Franconia, N.H.) was 18th on Sunday and finished 24th for the season.

The Panthers will compete at the Eastern Regional Championships at Waterville Valley on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24-25. The top five men's and women's teams at that event will advance to the US Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association's National Championships at Winter Park, Colo., on March 7-10.

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