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February 4, 2012

PSU Skiers post top finishes of season at UVM Carnival

Panthers continue moving up in the EISA

            STOWE, Vt. – The Plymouth State University ski teams posted their top performances of the season Saturday in the slalom races at the University of Vermont Carnival at Mount Mansfield.

            The Panther men matched their top finish of the year, which was Friday in the giant slalom, with another sixth place finish among 13 teams in Saturday's slalom, while the Panther women turned in a season-best eighth place out of 13.  This is PSU's first year in the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) circuit.

            PSU finished just behind national power UVM in the men's standings but ahead of Colby, St. Lawrence, Bates, Williams, Colby-Sawyer, Boston College and Harvard.  The PSU women were just behind the University of New Hampshire and Harvard and ahead of Boston College, St. Michael's, St. Lawrence, UVM and Colby-Sawyer.

            New Hampshire schools did well overall in the men's race, as UNH took top honors and Dartmouth was second.  Williams College won the women's team standings with Bates finishing runner-up.

            Junior Parker Spear led the way for the Panthers, placing 15th overall among the 83 racers, the highest finish for any Panther skier this season. Spear was 21st after the first run and came back with an impressive sixth place on the second run to finish 15th overall. Freshman Pieter Van Ingen and senior Tom Sampson were also solid finishers for PSU, placing 25th and 28th, respectively, and senior Willie Colt was 44th.

            Junior Martina Ryberg paced the Panther women with a season-best 17th-place finish.  Ryberg was in 21st place after one run and finished 12th on the second run to wind up 17th.  Sophomores Marley Pawlak and Leigh Anne Connors posted strong races for the Panthers and finished 29th and 44th, respectively.

            The teams will be back on the slopes next weekend , racing at the Dartmouth Carnival at the Dartmouth Skiway.

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