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February 22, 2014

PSU Skiers fare well in giant slalom at Middlebury Carnival

Lemgart leads Panther women to top finish of season

            MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – The Plymouth State University women's ski team posted its top finish since joining the Eastern Collegiate Ski Association (EISA) Saturday with a seventh place in the giant slalom portion of the Middlebury Carnival at the Middlebury Snow Bowl.

            The Panthers men were not as consistent as in recent performances and wound up in 10th place out of 13 teams. The weekend at Middlebury marked the end of the EISA regular season.

            Freshmen Charlotte Lemgart (Vaerloese, Denmark) and Mariah Zanca (Camden, Maine) led the Panther women, placing 21st and 27th, respectively, among the 71 skiers in the women's race. Lemgart posted the 16th-fastest time on the second run to move up nine spots in the standings, while Zanca jumped two spots with her second run.

            All six Panther women finished both runs, a first for the team in EISA competition.  Senior Catherine Masson (East Stroudsburg, Pa.) finished in the top half with a 35th place, while sophomore Caroline Lundmark (Skelleftea, Sweden), senior Leigh Anne Connors (Lake Placid, N.Y.) and sophomore Eliza Whatley (Carrabassett, Maine) were 50th, 54th and 56th, respectively.

            Junior Andrew Beck (Lake George, N.Y.) paced the Panther men with a 27th place finish among 74 racers. Freshman Kyle Farrow (Collingwood, Ont.) was 31st, moving up two spots on his second run, and sophomore Takehiro Watanabe (Sapporo, Japan) crossed the finish line in 49th. PSU's top skier, sophomore Max Martin (Salt Lake City, Utah), fell on his first run and did not finish.

            The University of Vermont captured both team titles on Saturday, easily outscoring runner-up host Middlebury in the men's standings and second-place Dartmouth College in the women's. PSU tied for seventh in the women's scoring with Harvard University, while the Panther men finished 10th, nine points behind Williams College. 

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