PSU Skiers sweep regional giant slalom crowns
WATERVILLE VALLEY, N.H. - Plymouth State University finished atop the team standings in both the men's and women's giant slalom Sunday afternoon at the Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference Championships at Waterville Valley Resort.
The Panther men complete the sweep of the two-day event, capturing the combined alpine title out of the 12 schools competing after also winning the slalom on Saturday. It is the second straight overall alpine title for PSU, and the first time in sweeping the slalom and GS since 2001. The PSU women's squad combined its GS title on Sunday with a sixth place finish in Saturday's slalom, giving the Panthers fourth place in the overall alpine standings.
Both Panther teams qualify for the United State Collegiate Ski Association (USCSA) National Championships Mar. 3-6, at Sunday River Resort in Newry, Maine.
A pair of Plymouth State freshmen continued their outstanding rookie seasons Sunday, each winning the individual giant slalom races and capturing first place in the combined alpine standings. Chris Beadon (Ridgefield, Conn.) won both runs of the men's GS to take first place by over a full second, and Martina Ryberg (Stockholm, Sweden) did the same in the women's race.
Beadon was one of four Panther men to finish in the top seven among the 62 racers. Defending champion junior Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) finished runner-up, while freshman Parker Spear (Sodus Point, N.Y.) and junior Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H./John Stark) were sixth and seventh, respectively. Junior Willie Colt (Hanover, N.H.) wasn't far behind, coming in 17th.
PSU had four of the top six men in the individual combined alpine standings, as Beadon (left) and Ostroski (second from left) were tied for first with Colby-Sawyer's Shawn Dunstan, and Nevins (second from right) and Spear (right) were tied for fifth.
Senior Alyssa Deane (Casper, Wyoming) turned in another strong performance for the Panther women, coming in fourth place among the 67 racers in the GS to give PSU two of the top four finishers. Classmate Alex Albrecht (Canterbury, N.H.) was the next Panther finisher in 18th place, followed by sophomore Katherine Goller (Williston, Vt.) in 25th. Sophomore Kait Pawlak (No. Windham, Vt.) was in 12th place after the first run but stumbled and missed a gate on her second run.
Ryberg (left) swept the slalom and GS to capture the women's individual crown, becoming PSU's first women's champion since Melissa Caflisch shared the title in 2005 and the first to sweep the alpine since Anda Curuta in 2001. Deane (right) used her fourth place in the GS to finish eighth in the combined.
The top four schools in both the men's and women's combined team standings came from the MacConnell Division, PSU's regular season conference. PSU won the men's standings with Colby-Sawyer second, Boston College third and UMass Amherst fourth, while Colby-Sawyer finished first in the women's standings, with BC second, UMass third and PSU fourth.
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