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February 23, 2013

PSU Men’s Ski Team eighth in slalom at Bates Carnival

Another solid day for Beadon, Panther men

            NEWRY, Maine – The Plymouth State University men's ski team finished in eighth place in the final Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) race of the season Saturday.  The Panthers were eighth in the slalom portion of the Bates College Carnival at Sunday River Resort, while the PSU women wound up in 13th place.

            The Panther men had four finishers in the top 30 among the 75 racers.  As has been the case all season, senior Chris Beadon (Ridgefield, Conn.) led the Panthers, crossing the line in 12th place to match his top finish this season.  It was his eighth top-20 finish this winter and fourth in the slalom, and Beadon was named a first alternate for the NCAA Championships at Middlebury College on Mar. 6-9.

            The next three Panther men finished one right after the other, with freshman Takehiro Watanabe (Sapporo, Japan) 28th, sophomore Andrew Beck (Lake George, N.Y.) 29th, and senior Parker Spear (Sodus Point, N.Y.) 30th.

            Freshman Eliza Whatley (Carrabasset, Maine) and junior Leigh Anne Connors (Lake Placid, N.Y.) were the top placers for the Panther women.  Whatley came across in 50th place to lead the team for the second straight day and Connors was 57th.

            The University of Vermont captured both men's and women's team titles, outscoring runner-up University of New Hampshire in the men's standings and second-place Dartmouth College in the women's scoring.  The Panther men scored 57.5 points, just behind Williams College (59) and ahead of Saint Lawrence University (46), while PSU was 13th in the women's standings with sixth points.

            The Bates Carnival wraps up PSU's second season in the EISA under head coach Andrew Gannon. 

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