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PSU Skiers record victories in GS at Waterville Valley

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            WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Sophomore Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) recorded his second men's alpine skiing victory of the season and the Plymouth State University women's ski team posted its first team victory in three years Sunday at the Plymouth State Winter Carnival at Waterville Valley.

            Ostroski led the Panther men to a second-place finish among nine schools, while the PSU women took first place among 10 teams.  It marked the Panther women's first win since capturing a slalom race at Ascutney Mountain in 2006.  The strong finishes for the PSU teams move the men into first place in the MacConnell Division standings, while the women are now in third place behind Colby-Sawyer College and Boston College.

             Ostroski (left), who has placed in the top six in all six alpine races this season, was one of four Panthers to finish in the top 13 (among the 70 racers).  PSU skiers finished in bunches, with sophomores Austin Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) and Willie Colt (Hanover, N.H.) and senior Brad Dietch (New City, N.Y.) finishing 11-12-13, and sophomore Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H.), senior Seth Bartlett (Silver Lake, N.H.) and sophomore Joseph Healey (Fitchburg, Mass.) finishing 21-22-23.

            The first three Panther women finished in the top seven among the 70 skiers in the women's race, leading to the team victory.  Freshman Kait Pawlak (North Windham, Vt.), who won Saturday's slalom race, finished in third in Sunday's GS.  Junior Alyssa Deane (Casper, Wyo.) was two spots back in fifth place, and sophomore Erin Fletcher (Franconia, N.H.) was two more spots back in seventh, the second-best finish of her career.  Senior Katie Van Riper (Temple, Maine) also had a solid 14th-place finish.

            The Panther women finished less than a second ahead of runner-up Colby-Sawyer, while Brown took third place, followed by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Boston College, Smith College, Saint Anselm College, the University of Connecticut, MIT and Babson College.

            UMass, which is in third place in the men's season standings, took first place ahead of PSU and former season-leader Colby-Sawyer.  Boston College was fourth, followed by Babson, Saint Anselm, UConn, Brown, and MIT.

            The MacConnell Division circuit will race again next Saturday with a giant slalom event at the MIT Winter Carnival at Loon Mountain.

(Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot)

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