Einarsdottir leads Panthers in shortened giant slalom race
NEWRY, Maine – The Plymouth State University ski racing teams battled more than a dozen other teams as well as dangerous snow conditions Friday in the giant slalom portion of the Bates College Winter Carnival at Sunday River.
Sophomore Freydis Einarsdottir (Gardabaer, Iceland) had the top finish for PSU skiers, placing eighth among nearly 80 competitors in the women's race. Junior Hunter Stuercke (Cottonwood Heights, Utah) had the top finish for the Panther men, coming in 25th place. The race was limited to just one run (rather than the usual two runs) due to soft snow and dangerous racing conditions.
The Panther women finished seventh out of 15 schools in the team standings, while PSU placed 11th out of 15 in the men's standings.
Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Giant Slalom
Bates College Carnival, Sunday River, Newry, Maine – Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
Plymouth State Men – 11th of 15 Teams; Plymouth State Women – 7th of 16 Teams
MEN'S 1) DAR 138 2) UVM 109 3) MID 103 4) SMC 75 5) CBC 62 6) UNH 59 7) SLU 57 8) BC 55 9) CSC 47 10) WIL 41 11) PSU 35 12) HAR 22 13) BAB 9 14) BAT 7 15) CAST 3
WOMEN'S 1) DAR 128 2) MID 102 3) UVM 96 4) UNH 84 5) CBC 78 6) BAT 75 7) PSU 65 8) SMC 61 9) WIL 39 10) CSC 26 11) SLU 22 12) BAB 17 12) BC 17 14) BRN 8 15) HAR 4
* Einarsdottir was one of four Panther women who completed the run under difficult conditions. Freshman Alli Price (Rutland, Vt.) came across the line in 26th place, while senior Charlotte Lemgart (Vaerloese, Denmark) was 40th and junior Amelia Rowland (Carrabassett Valley,Maine) finished 45th.
* Einarsdottir placed in the top 11 for the fourth time in five GS races this season, and the sixth time in nine alpine events. Einarsdottir and Lemgart are back in action after competing in the FIS World Alpine Championships in Switzerland.
* The men's race was even more treacherous, with nearly half the field posting a DNF. Stuercke was followed closely behind at the finish for PSU by freshman Logan Martin (Edwards, Colo.), who placed 30th.
* Dartmouth College swept the GS team titles, posting a strong victory over runner-up University of Vermont and third-place Middlebury College in the men's standings, and outscoring runner-up Middlebury and third-place UVM in the women's standings.
* The Bates Carnival continues on Saturday at Sunday River with men's and women's slalom races, which concludes the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) regular season slate.
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