NEWRY, Maine - Freshman Martina Ryberg (Stockholm, Sweden) put a cap on her sensational rookie season Friday afternoon, finishing runner-up in the slalom race to earn First Team All-American honors at the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships at Sunday River Resort.
Ryberg's strong performance helped the Panthers to a sixth place finish among the 21 schools in contention for the national title. Westminster College (Utah) captured the team championship, with Sierra Nevada College second, Boston College third, Brown University fourth, and Colby-Sawyer College fifth, just ahead of Plymouth State.
Ryberg (right), who was also First Team All-America two days ago with a third place in the giant slalom, was in fifth place out of the 115 racers after one run of Friday's slalom. The Panther freshman then recorded the fastest time on the course in the second run to finish in second place overall. She was just 17 one-hundredths of a second behind champion Kendall Brown of Westminster College. Ryberg's outstanding rookie season included four victories in 10 regular season races and first place finishes in the slalom, giant slalom and combined alpine last month at the Eastern Regional championships.
Sophomore Kait Pawlak (No. Windham, Vt.) was PSU's next finisher, coming in 24th place, while and Alex Albrecht (Canterbury, N.H.) tied for 35th place. Sophomore Katherine Goller (Williston, Vt.) finished in 44th, while senior Alyssa Deane (Casper, Wyoming) was in 27th after one run but fell on her second run and ended up 55th.
The USCSA national championships conclude on Saturday with the men's slalom.
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