Martin places 23rd for Panther men; Einarsdottir falls for Panther women
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – Plymouth State University senior Max Martin (Salt Lake City, Utah) made his second appearance Wednesday at the biggest race in collegiate ski racing, the 2016 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Skiing Championships at Steamboat Springs.
Martin was one of just 34 men in all Divisions to qualify for the NCAA Championships, and brought home 23rd place in Wednesday's giant slalom. He was in 27th place after the first run, which he completed in a time of 57.55 seconds, and he moved up with the 19th-fastest time on the second run with a 56.27, finishing with a combined time of 1:53.82. Endre Bjertness of the University of Utah captured the individual title with a combined time of 1:50.85.
Martin's 23rd place gave Plymouth State eight points in the giant slalom team standings, good for 12th place. Montana State won the men's GS team title with 79 points, with the University of Denver (71) and the University of Utah (57) rounding out the top three. Martin is the first Plymouth State skier to compete in two NCAA Skiing Championships; he placed 30th in the giant slalom at the NCAAs in 2014.
Freshman Freydis Halla Einarsdottir (Gardabaer, Iceland) became the first Plymouth State University woman to compete in the NCAA Skiing Championships, but things did not go well for the Panther rookie. Einarsdottir slipped while going around a gate early in the race, lost a ski and fell out of the course, ending her day.
Martin and Einarsdottir will be back on the slopes Friday in the slalom event.
This year's skiing championships are being webcast live on NCAA.com. Visit http://www.cubuffs.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=600&ATCLID=210781667 to watch all the action.
(Photo courtesy Jamie Schwaberow, NCAA Photos)
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