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PSU Ski Teams complete weekend sweep of giant slalom

Panthers claim all four GS races at Sunapee

            SUNAPEE, N.H. – It was a weekend sweep by the Plymouth State University ski teams after the Panthers captured both the men’s and women’s giant slalom races Saturday at Mount Sunapee on day two of the Colby-Sawyer Winter Carnival.

            The Panther women had the individual champion for the second day in a row in sophomore Martina Ryberg (Stockholm, Sweden), and four skiers in the top 17 to claim the women’s team title over runner-up Boston College, third-place Colby-Sawyer and the field of 10 teams.  The Panther men had five racers place in the top 12 among the 73 entries, winning by more than three seconds in the team scoring over second-place Colby-Sawyer and a field of nine schools.  Both Panther teams also won team titles in Friday’s GS races.

Martina Ryberg
Martina Ryberg

            Ryberg posted her eighth career victory and her fourth giant slalom title in the women’s race, finishing first overall among the 77 racers. Junior Kait Pawlak (North Windham, Vt.) was a strong finisher for PSU in seventh place, and freshman Leigh Anne Connors (Lake Placid, N.Y.) and junior Katherine Goller (Williston, Vt./) wound up 16th and 17th, respectively, to give PSU the victory.

            Sophomore Chris Beadon (Ridgefield, Conn.) finished runner-up in the men’s race for the second straight day, crossing the finish line less than a second behind Colby-Sawyer’s Ryan Lawless.  Three other Panthers placed in the top 10 -- seniors Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) and Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H.) in sixth and eighth, respectively, and sophomore Parker Spear (Sodus Point, N.Y.) in 10th.  Junior Tom Sampson (Plymouth, N.H.) had another strong day for the Panthers and finished 12th to help the team earn the victory.

            The MacConnell Division circuit will be back on the slopes next Friday and Saturday at Cranmore Mountain with a pair of slalom races in the UConn Winter Carnival. 

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