PSU Skiers take second at Sunapee in giant slalom

(Race Results

            SUNAPEE, N.H. - The Plymouth State University men's and women's ski teams both finished in second place on Saturday in a giant slalom race at the Colby-Sawyer College Winter Carnival held at Mount Sunapee.

            The Panthers had three top-10 finishers out of the 70 skiers in the men's race, while two Panthers placed in the top 10 out of 72 skiers in the women's race.  PSU finished second out of nine schools in the men's event and second out of 10 in the women's standings.

            Freshman Kait Pawlak (North Windham, Vt.) was the top finisher for the Panthers.  After sitting out Friday's race recovering from an illness, Pawlak made her collegiate debut Saturday with a second-place finish.  Junior Alyssa Deane (Casper, Wyo.) was close behind, coming in fifth place, and sophomore Erin Fletcher (Franconia, N.H.) posted a solid 19th-place finish.

            Sophomore Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) took top honors for the Panther men, crossing the finish line in fourth place.  Ostroski had placed sixth in Friday's GS.  Sophomore Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) rebounded from a sub-par finish on Friday to post an eighth place on Saturday, and senior Brad Deitch (New City, N.Y.) was 10th on Saturday after finishing 14th the day before.  Freshman Eric Chandonnet (Northfield, N.H.) made his collegiate debut with a strong 13th place, and sophomore Austin Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) came in 15th.

            Colby-Sawyer completed the weekend sweep, finishing first in both team standings for the second straight day.  In the men's race, PSU was second, followed by UMass Amherst, Babson College, Saint Anselm College, Boston College, UConn, MIT and Brown University.  On the women's side, PSU was runner-up, followed by Smith College, Boston College, UMass, Brown, Babson, UConn, Saint Anselm and MIT.

            The teams will be back on the mountain next weekend (Jan. 16-17) with slalom races at Cranmore Mountain. 

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