Kuus, Einarsdottir post Top 7 finishes for Panthers
NEWRY, Maine – The Plymouth State University ski racing teams finished up the regular season on a solid note Saturday, with both the men's and women's teams placing eighth among 14 schools in the slalom portion of the Bates College Winter Carnival at Sunday River.
Freshman Karl Kuus (Toronto, Ont.) and sophomore Freydis Einarsdottir (Gardabaer, Iceland) turned in outstanding individual performances for the Panthers. Kuus took fifth place among nearly 90 competitors in the men's race, his fifth top 10 finish in 12 races this winter, while Einarsdottir placed seventh in the women's race, her sixth top 10 finish in 10 alpine races this season.
Einarsdottir was named to the All-East Second Team for her outstanding campaign. Both Einarsdottir and Kuus will represent PSU at the NCAA Skiing Championships on Mar. 8 & 10, at Mittersill/Cannon Mountain in Franconia, N.H.
Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Slalom
Bates College Carnival, Sunday River, Newry, Maine – Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017
Plymouth State Men – 8th of 15 Teams; Plymouth State Women – 8th of 15 Teams
MEN'S 1) UVM 113 2) MID 105 3) UNH 90 4) WIL 74 5) SLU 69 6) DAR 67 7) CSC 65 8) PSU 54 9) BAT 43 9) CBC 43 11) SMC 40 12) BC 32 13) BAB 13 14) HAR 8
WOMEN'S 1) UVM 126 2) DAR 113 3) UNH 90 4) MID 78 4) SMC 78 6) CBC 76 7) BAT 60 8) SLU 42 8) PSU 42 10) BC 38 11) CSC 31 12) WIL 27 13) BAB 18 14) HAR 3
* Kuus' combined time of 1:53.55 was just 0.76 seconds off third place and a spot on the podium. The fifth place matches his career best in a college race.
* Two other Panther men finished in the top half of the field for the two runs. Junior Bryce Eller (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) placed 34th, his best finish this season in the slalom, and classmate Danny Blake (Orchard Park, N.Y.) crossed the finish line in 46th.
* Einarsdottir is the first PSU Skier in history to earn NCAA All-East Region honors.
* Two other Panther women completed both runs, contributing to the team scoring. Junior Courtney Hayden (Stowe, Vt.) came in 46th place, her career-best in the slalom, and junior Amelia Rowland (Carrabassett Valley,Maine) was in 35th place after one run but struggled on her second run and finished 57th.
* The University of Vermont swept both slalom team titles, posting a solid victory over runner-up Middlebury College and third-place University of New Hampshire in the men's standings, and outscoring runner-up Dartmouth College and third-place UNH in the women's standings.
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