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DiNapoli leads PSU Skiers in slalom at Eastern Regionals

            WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Plymouth State University senior Vinnie DiNapoli (Ludlow, Vt.) captured the individual men's slalom title Saturday afternoon, leading the Plymouth State University men's ski team to a second-place finish at the U.S. Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association's Eastern Regional Championships at Waterville Valley.

            The Panther women also had a strong day on Saturday, with two racers among the top 10 in the slalom and a fourth-place finish in the team standings.

            DiNapoli was one of two Panthers to finish in the top three among the 84 men's racers, as classmate Jason Hey (Northboro, Mass.) came in third overall.  Freshman Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) came back from a pair of falls and finished 21st.  Freshmen Chris Roche (Hingham, Mass.) and Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) also suffered falls and finished 30th and 43rd, respectively, although Ostroski was fourth overall in the second run.

            PSU's conference rival University of Massachusetts won the men's team standings, knocking off Plymouth State for the first time this season.  PSU was runner-up, with Colby-Sawyer College, Boston College and Babson College rounding out the top five places among the 16 competing schools.

            Senior Melissa Caflisch (Clymer, N.Y.) led the Panthers with a sixth-place in the women's race among the 83 racers.  Sophomore Alyssa Deane (Casper, Wyo.) turned in a strong performance with a 10th place, while senior Kara Marvelli (Franconia, N.H.) was not far behind in 15th.  PSU's other two racers were junior Katie Van Riper (Temple, Maine) and freshman Alex Albrecht (Canterbury, N.H.), who were 24th and 30th, respectively.

            Colby-Sawyer finished first among the 16 women's schools, with Boston College second, UMass third, Plymouth State fourth, and Brown University fifth.

            The teams will compete in the giant slalom on Sunday at Waterville Valley.  The top five men's and women's teams in the combined alpine after Sunday's races will advance to the USCSA National Championships on March 5-8 at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine.

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