Panther freshman places 12th; Martin finishes 32nd for Panther men
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. – Freshman Freydis Halla Einarsdottir (Gardabaer, Iceland) and senior Max Martin (Salt Lake City, Utah) turned in outstanding performances Friday evening at the biggest race in collegiate ski racing, the 2016 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Skiing Championships at Steamboat Springs.
One of just 34 women in all Divisions to qualify for the NCAA Championships, Einarsdottir captured 12th place in Friday's slalom, the highest finish ever for a Plymouth State skier at the NCAA Championships. She was in seventh place after the first run with a time of 46.23 seconds, and had the 17th fastest time on the course in the second run (45.74) to wind up 12th overall with a combined time of 1:31.97. Julie Flo Mohagen of the University of Utah captured the championship with a combined time of 1:29.63.
Einarsdottir, who is the first woman in Plymouth State history to compete in the NCAA Championships, bounced back from Wednesday's giant slalom, when she lost a ski after falling and did not finish.
Martin capped an outstanding career for the Panthers, placing 32nd overall in the men's slalom. He was in 27th place after the first run, posting a time of 42.65 seconds, and a slight stumble near the end of the second run gave him the 33rd fastest time (54.81) and a combined time of 1:37.46. Erik Read of the University of Denver won the events with a combined time of 1:24.66.
The first Plymouth State skier to compete in two NCAA Skiing Championships, Martin was 23rd in Wednesday's giant slalom, one place shy of his best finish at the NCAA Championships, a 22nd place in the slalom in 2014.
With Einarsdottir's 19 points in the slalom and Martin's eight points in the GS, PSU is in 16th place in the overall team standings, which includes both genders and both alpine and Nordic scoring.
The Panthers are led by head coach Andrew Gannon, the 2016 Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Coach of the Year. PSU has qualified a skier for the NCAA Championships the past three seasons, and qualified one skier in each gender for the first time in 2016.
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