PSU Ski teams post strong finishes in slalom at Waterville

(Race Results

            WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - It was a good day on the slopes for the Plymouth State University ski teams Saturday in the slalom races at the PSU Winter Carnival held at Waterville Valley.

            The Panther men's squad posted its second slalom victory of the season out of nine teams and moved into a tie for first place in the conference's season standings.  The PSU women's team placed fourth out of 10 schools and had the individual winner for the first time this season.

            Freshman Kait Pawlak (North Windham, Vt.) led the way for the Panthers, capturing first place among the 72 women's racers for her first collegiate victory.  She has placed in the top three in three of her four races this season.  Sophomore Erin Fletcher (Franconia, N.H.) turned in her best finish of the season with a 10th place, and junior Lauren Germano (Glastonbury, Conn.) and freshman Katherine Goller (Williston, Vt.) were 20th and 21st, respectively.

            Sophomores Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) and Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) were PSU's top finishers in the men's race, finishing second and third overall among the 71 competitors.  Nevins recorded his best career place and his fourth consecutive finish in the top eight, while Ostroski has placed in the top six in all five races this season.

            PSU had five other men's skiers all place in the top 15, with sophomore Willie Colt (Hanover, N.H.) in sixth, sophomore Austin Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) ninth, sophomore Tyler Bailey (West Hurley, N.Y.) 11th, junior Chris Carlucci (Mahopac, N.Y.) tied for 12th, and freshman Eric Chandonnet (Northfield, N.H.) 14th.

            Plymouth State beat runner-up Colby-Sawyer College by more than three seconds for the men's team title.  UMass Amherst edged Boston College for third place, with the rest of the team standings including (in order of finish) Babson College, Saint Anselm College, University of Connecticut, Brown University and MIT. PSU and Colby-Sawyer share first place in the season standings.

            Brown edged Colby-Sawyer for first place in Saturday's women's team standings.  Boston College was third, followed by PSU, UMass, Saint Anselm, Smith College, MIT, UConn and Babson. Plymouth State is in third place in the season standings.

            The PSU Winter Carnival continues Sunday at Waterville Valley with giant slalom races. 

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