NEWRY, Maine - The Plymouth State University women's ski team had one finisher in the top 10 and two in the top 20 on Wednesday as the Panthers took fifth place out of 21 schools in the giant slalom team standings at the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships at Sunday River Resort.
Westminster University took top team honors to claim its second consecutive national championships, with Sierra Nevada College finishing runner-up, Brown University in third, Rocky Mountain College in fourth and Plymouth State rounding out the top five. The University of Massachusetts Amherst finished in sixth, right behind PSU.
PSU freshman Martina Ryberg (Stockholm, Sweden) (right) turned in a terrific performance and earned First Team All-America honors with a third-place finish among the 115 racers. She was in 11th place after the first run but recorded the second-fastest time in the second run to place third overall. She was the Eastern Regional champion last month in the slalom, giant slalom and combined alpine.
Seniors Alyssa Deane (Casper, Wyoming) and Alex Albrecht (Canterbury, N.H.) were the next two finishers for Plymouth State to count in the team scoring. Deane was in sixth place after the morning run and ended up in 17th overall, while Albrecht moved up from 43rd after the opening run to end up in 36th place. PSU's other two skiers also posted respectable finishes as sophomore Katherine Goller (Williston, Vt.) placed 43rd and classmate Kait Pawlak (No. Windham, Vt.) was 54th.
The championships continue the rest of the week with the men's giant slalom on Thursday, the women's slalom on Friday, and the men's slalom on Saturday.
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