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March 5, 2009

Plymouth State Men’s Skiers finish fifth at Nationals in GS

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            WINTER PARK, Colo. - Sophomore Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) earned his fourth career All-America honor Thursday to lead Plymouth State University's performance in the men's alpine giant slalom at the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association's National Championships at Winter Park Resort.

            The Panther men placed fifth as a team among the 20 competing schools, with two PSU skiers finishing in the top 15 among the 109 competitors.  Perennial power Sierra Nevada College won the team championship with the fastest combined time of its top three finishers, less than a second faster the runner-up Westminster College and third-place team and PSU's regular season rival Colby-Sawyer College.  Rocky Mountain College was fourth, just ahead of the Panthers.

            Ostrowski (right) placed sixth overall in the combined time of two GS runs (1:58.95), duplicating his place at last year's national championships when he earned his first All-America honor.  He was in sixth place after one run and held his spot in the afternoon session.  Ostroski was the second finisher among Eastern skiers, behind Travis Plass of Colby-Sawyer College, who placed third.

              Senior Brad Deitch (New City, N.Y.) (left) made the most of his first appearance for PSU at the nationals, earning Second Team All-America honors with a 14th-place finish.  He was tied for 18th in the morning heat and came back with the seventh-fastest time in the afternoon run.  PSU's third finisher was sophomore Willie Colt (Hanover, N.H.), who came in 28th.

            The Nevins brothers also competed for PSU, with sophomore Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) finishing in a tie for 38th and sophomore Austin Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) placing 63rd.

            The Plymouth State performance was the second top-five national finish for the school in two days, as the PSU women placed fourth in the women's giant slalom on Wednesday.  The championships continue with the women's and men's slalom races on Friday and Saturday, respectively, with the combined alpine standings also determined after the slalom events. 

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