PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. - The regular season ended on a strong note for the Plymouth State University alpine ski teams Saturday as the Panther men took first place and the Panther women third in a slalom event at the Boston College/Brown University Winter Carnival at Wildcat Mountain.
PSU finished first out of nine teams in the men's standings, while the women were third among 10 schools. The men's win was PSU's third slalom victory of the season and fourth overall, and moved the Panthers into a tie with Colby-Sawyer College for first place in the MacConnell Division final regular season standings. PSU locked up second place in the women's final season standings behind Colby-Sawyer, the Panther women's best finish since 2001.
The Panthers had three of the top eight finishers among the 68 men's racers, and five in the top 12. Sophomore Willie Colt (Hanover, N.H.) was the top PSU finisher with a season-best fifth place, followed by classmates Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) and Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) in seventh and eighth, respectively. Ostroski extended his streak of finishing in the top eight in all 10 races this season, all 20 regular season races in his career, and 23 of 24 overall, including regional and national championships.
Junior Chris Carlucci (Mahopac, N.Y.) also registered a career-best 11th place and sophomore Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) was right behind in 12th.
Ostroski (left) captured his second straight regular season title for the Panthers. Travis Nevins finished sixth in the final rankings; Colt was 11th; and Austin Nevins was 14th.
Junior Alyssa Deane (Casper, Wyo.) and sophomore Erin Fletcher (Franconia, N.H.) paced the Panther women in Saturday's slalom, placing 10th and 15th among the 72 racers. Senior Katie Van Riper (Temple, Maine) was the next Panther finisher, coming in 22nd, just ahead of juniors Alex Albrecht (Canterbury, N.H.) in 23rd and Lauren Germano (Glastonbury, Conn.) in 24th.
Deane and freshman Kait Pawlak (North Windham, Vt.) finished 2-3 in the women's individual regular season standings. Fletcher also finished in the top 10 with a ninth place standing.
By finishing in the top five in the MacConnell Division standings, both Panther teams advance to the Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference Eastern Regional Championships at Waterville Valley on Feb. 21-22. The Panther men were runner-up and the women tied for fourth at last year's Eastern Regionals.
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