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January 17, 2009

Ostroski and Pawlak lead PSU Skiers in slalom at Cranmore

(Race Results)

            NORTH CONWAY, N.H. - It was another good day on the slopes for the Plymouth State University alpine ski teams on Saturday as the Panthers recorded strong finishes in the second slalom race of the weekend at the University of Connecticut Winter Carnival, held at Mount Cranmore Ski Area.

            The Panther men had five of the top 10 individual finishers among the 70 racers and took second place among nine schools, while the Panther women had three in the top 13 and placed third among 10 teams. The skiers also raced in a slalom event on Friday at Cranmore, with the Panther men winning and the women finishing third.

            Sophomore Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) turned in another strong performance on the weekend.  After winning the men's race on Friday, Ostroski finished second on Saturday, 0.64 of a second behind the winner. He has been in the top six in all four races this season. The Nevins twins were the next Panther finishers, with Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) taking sixth and Austin Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) coming in eighth.  Also finishing in the top 10 for PSU were senior Seth Bartlett (Silver Lake, N.H.) in ninth and freshmen Eric Chandonnet (Northfield, N.H.) in 10th.

            Freshman Kait Pawlak (North Windham, Vt.) was the top Panther racer in the women's event, placing third among 72 skiers.  Junior Alyssa Deane (Casper, Wyo.) turned in a solid 10th place, and sophomore Erin Fletcher (Franconia, N.H.) wasn't far behind in 13th.

            The University of Massachusetts Amherst posted its first team victory of the season by winning the men's race.  PSU was second, followed by conference-leading Colby-Sawyer College, Boston College, Babson, Saint Anselm, MIT, UConn and Brown.

            Colby-Sawyer won the women's race for the fourth straight outing.  Boston College outraced PSU for second place, with the rest of the team standings including Brown, UMass, Smith College, UConn, Saint Anselm, MIT and Babson.

            The Panthers now gear up for the Plymouth State Winter Carnival next weekend at Waterville Valley, with slalom races set for Saturday and giant slalom slated for Sunday. 

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