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January 20, 2012

PSU Skiers make EISA debut at Bates Carnival

Beadon posts top finish for Panthers

            NEWRY, Maine – The Plymouth State University ski teams made a solid debut in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Friday in the giant slalom race at the Bates College Carnival at Sunday River Resort.

            The Panther men's team placed ninth out of 12 teams while the PSU women were 12th out of 13.  The University of Vermont swept the two races, with Middlebury College and the University of New Hampshire second and third in the men's standings and UNH and Dartmouth College second and third in the women's race.

            PSU was just behind St. Lawrence University and Colby-Sawyer College in the men's scoring, and ahead of Bates, Williams College and Boston College.  The Panther women were just behind Middlebury College and Colby-Sawyer and ahead of Boston College.

            Junior Chris Beadon paced the Panthers, finishing in a tie for 18th place among the 93 men's racers.  Beadon was seeded 45th in the race (based on the official FIS international ranking system) and placed 18th in the first run and 21st in the second run. Classmate Parker Spear was the next Panther to cross the finish line, coming in 40th place overall; Spear was seeded 67th and placed 43rd and 42nd in the two runs.

            Three other Panther men finished in the top 60 to earn a second run.  Senior Willie Colt was 37th, freshman Andrew Beck was 50th, and freshman Pieter Van Ingen was 58th. All three took a second start, but Colt and Van Ingen did not finish and Beck was disqualified.

            Sophomore Marley Pawlak paced the Panther women, finishing in 43rd place after being seeded 69th.  Three other Panther women finished in the top 60 among the 83 racers to earn a second run, but fell on their second attempt – senior Katherine Goller, freshman Giorgia Nagle and sophomore Molly Shannon.  PSU's top skier, junior Martina Ryberg was sick and did not race.

            The Bates Carnival continues Saturday with the slalom races.

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