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PSU Ski teams place second in slalom at Blackwater

Panther men’s winning streak snapped; Ryberg, Beadon take first

            ANDOVER, N.H. – The Plymouth State University men’s and women’s ski teams had several strong individual performances Saturday in a MacConnell Division slalom race at Blackwater Ski Area, and both Panther squads finished second in their respective team standings.

            The outcome marked the first time in eight races this season that PSU’s men’s squad did not finish on top out of the nine schools. The Panthers were edged out for first place by Colby-Sawyer College by three one-hundredths of a second in the team time.  The PSU women’s rebounded from a fifth place in Friday’s giant slalom with a second place among 10 schools Saturday in the slalom, with team winner Brown University, PSU and third-place Boston College all finishing less than a second apart.

  Martina Ryberg  Chris Beadon

            Sophomore Martina Ryberg (Stockholm, Sweden) got back on track and captured first place for PSU in the women’s race, which included 78 skiers.  Ryberg fell in Friday’s GS but rebounded with her sixth individual victory in eight collegiate races this winter. Junior Kait Pawlak (North Windham, Vt.) turned in another solid performance for the Panthers, following up her 11th-place on Friday with an eighth-place on Saturday. Freshman Marley Pawlak (West Dover, Vt.) also rebounded from a fall on Friday with a 14th place on Saturday.  The next Panther finishers were junior Katherine Goller (Williston, Vt.) in 21st and freshman Kali St. Laurent (Manchester, N.H./Central) in 22nd.

            Sophomore Chris Beadon (Ridgefield, Conn.) and senior Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H./Kennett) finished 1-2 for PSU out of 71 skiers in the men’s race.  Beadon, who has finished second four timed this season and third twice, captured his first win of the season and fourth of his career.  Ostroski continued his streak of consistency, finishing in the top eight in all 37 regular season races in his career.

            PSU had four other men finish in the top 14 -- senior Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) in eighth, junior Tom Sampson (Plymouth, N.H.) in 11th, senior Joseph Healey (Fitchburg, Mass.) in 13th, and senior Austin Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) in 14th.

            The teams will conclude the regular season next weekend with the Boston College Carnival at Wildcat Mountain, with giant slalom races on Saturday and slalom races on Sunday. 

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