WINTER PARK, Colo. - Junior Alyssa Deane (Casper, Wyo.) and freshman Kait Pawlak (North Windham, Vt.) earned All-American honors Wednesday afternoon with top 10 finishes in the giant slalom at the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association's National Championships, held at Winter Park Resort.
The Panthers had their top three skiers finish in the top 20 among the 110 racers, helping the team to a fourth-place finish among 20 schools in the women's GS team standings. Westminster College captured the team title, edging Sierra Nevada College by less than two-tenths of a second in the combined team time. Colby-Sawyer College finished in third place, two and a half seconds back, with PSU fourth overall.
Deane (near right) brought home fourth place after coming in fifth in the morning run and finishing 12th in the afternoon's run. Deane also placed fourth in the GS at the Nationals last year. Pawlak (far right) was in 23rd place after the morning run but had the third-fastest time in the afternoon and finished 10th overall. Sophomore Erin Fletcher (Franconia, N.H.) was PSU's third finisher, taking 19th overall to account for the team's final time.
Junior Lauren Germano (Glastonbury, Conn.) also posted a solid 28th place for PSU, while senior Katie Van Riper (Temple, Maine) suffered a fall on her first run and did not finish.
Diane Shannon of Colby-Sawyer, one of PSU's regular season rivals, captured the individual GS championship, dominating the two runs and finishing almost three and a half seconds ahead of runner-up Kendall Brown of Westminster.
The championships continue the rest of the week, with the men's GS on Thursday, and the women's and men's slalom slated for Friday and Saturday, respectively.
PSU is led by first-year head coach Topher Harlow. The Panthers won the Eastern Regional combined alpine championship on the men's side last month, while the women's squad finished runnerup.
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