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March 13, 2011

Four PSU Skiers earn All-America honors in combined

Panther men runner-up, women seventh in team standings 

            SUN VALLEY, Idaho – Four Plymouth State University skiers earned All-America honors in the combined alpine over the weekend at the United State Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships at Sun Valley.

            The individual combined alpine standings are based on both the giant slalom and slalom races held last week, and the top five individuals in each gender are honored with First Team All-America honors, while those who finish from sixth through 15th make up the Second Team.  The selections are announced at the annual USCSA awards banquet Saturday night.

            Plymouth State finished runner-up in the men's combined alpine team standings, thanks to a fourth place in the giant slalom and second place in the slalom.  Rocky Mountain College captured the combined team championship, while Sierra Nevada College was third.  The Panthers ended up seventh in the women's combined team standings after capturing the GS championship but slipping to 16th in the slalom.

 
Chris Beadon Peter Ostroski
   
Travis Nevins Marley Pawlak

            There were three Panther men and one woman who earned All-America honors in the individual combined alpine.  Sophomore Chris Beadon (Ridgefield, Conn.) earned First Team honors and a spot on the awards podium with a third-place finish in the men's, while seniors Peter Ostroski (Intervale, N.H.) and Travis Nevins (Henniker, N.H.) capped outstanding collegiate ski racing careers with Second Team All-America selections by placing 12th and 13th, respectively.  Freshman Marley Pawlak (West Dover, Vt.) finished her rookie season in fine fashion, taking seventh place overall in the women's combined alpine.

            It was a good week all around for both Panther teams.  The Panther women won their first national championship in the GS on Wednesday, and each team produced an individual national champion, as sophomore Martina Ryberg (Stockholm, Sweden) captured the women's GS and Beadon won the men's slalom.  PSU earned 11 All-American honors, eight for the men and three for the women.

            The Panthers were led this year by head coach Andrew Gannon, who is in his first year at PSU, and long-time PSU assistant Dave Gyger

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