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January 10, 2014

PSU Ski Teams open season with GS at UVM Carnival

Martin, Lemgart post top finishes for Panthers

            STOWE, Vt. – Sophomore Max Martin (Salt Lake City, Utah) and freshman Charlotte Lemgart (Vaerloese, Denmark) posted outstanding performances for Plymouth State University Friday as the Panther men's and women's alpine ski teams opened the 2014 racing season with a giant slalom race at the University of Vermont Carnival at Stowe Mountain.

            Martin finished in ninth overall out of 96 skiers in the men's race, while Lemgart placed 17th out of 81 racers in the women's event.  Martin was in 13th place after the first run and moved up to ninth with the eighth fastest time on the second run. It is the highest finish for a PSU skier in the three years since joining the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA).  Lemgart was in 24th place after her first attempt on the course, moving up to 17th with the 17th-fastest time on the second run.

            Two other Panther skiers finished in the top half of their respective races.  Freshman Brandon Sutton (Thornbury, Ont.) finished in 46th in the men's race, moving up from 57th after the first run, and sophomore Katie Burton (Jackson, N.H./Kennett) placed 39th in the women's race, improving from 49th in the first run.

            The Panther men finished ninth among 13 schools in the team scoring with 46 points.  The host Catamounts were first on the scoreboard with 127 points and Dartmouth College was runner-up with 113.  PSU finished behind eighth-place Williams College (55) and ahead of 10th-place Saint Michael's College (38).

            Host UVM also captured the women's team title with 107 points, while Dartmouth College (106) was second.  PSU (14) finished 12th, just behind 11th-place Boston College (37) and ahead of Saint Lawrence University (19).

            The teams will be back on the mountain Saturday at Stowe for the slalom portion of the UVM Carnival. 

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