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PSU Skiers place 15th in giant slalom at NCAA National Championships

PSU Skiers place 15th in giant slalom at NCAA National Championships

Einarsdottir, Kuus post top-30 finishes for Panthers

            FRANCONIA, N.H. – A pair of Plymouth State University alpine ski racers performed well Wednesday in the giant slalom portion of the 2017 NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships, hosted by the University of New Hampshire at Cannon Mountain.

            Sophomore Freydis Einarsdottir (Gardabaer, Iceland) finished in 19th place out of 34 skiers in the women's GS, completing her two runs in a time of 2:17.58. Freshman Karl Kuus (Toronto, Ont.) came home in 30th place out of 34 racers in the men's GS, posting a time of 2:20.43.

            The Panther duo led the team to a 15th place in alpine team standings, which include both genders. Einarsdottir's solid finish put Plymouth State in 11th place in the women's GS standings, and Kuus' finish made the Panthers 15th in the men's standings.

            Montana State leads the overall team standings with 149 points, with the University of Utah second with 136 and the University of Denver third with 133. Dartmouth College (107) and Colorado University (92) rounded out the top five.

THE BASICS

NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships, Giant Slalom

Univ. of New Hampshire Host, Cannon Mountain, Franconia, N.H. – Wednesday, Mar. 8, 2017

Overall GS Team Scores:   

1. Montana State 149; 2. Utah 136; 3. Denver 133; 4. Dartmouth 107; 5. Colorado 92; 6. New Mexico 74.5; 7. Vermont 49; 8. Alaska Anchorage 45, 9. Middlebury 43; 10. Colby 37.5; 11. New Hampshire 36; 12. Williams 27; 13. Bates 16; 14. St. Michael's 15; 15. Plymouth State 13; 16. Colby-Sawyer 10 

Women's GS Team Scores:

1. Denver 88; 2. Montana State 85; 3. New Mexico 60; 4. Utah 59; 5. Dartmouth 37; 6. New Hampshire 34; 7. Colorado 30; 8. Williams 27; 9. Colby 21; 10. Middlebury 13; 11. Plymouth State 12; 12. Bates 11; 13. Alaska Anchorage 7; 14. Vermont 6; 

Men's GS Team Scores:

1. Utah 81; 2. Dartmouth 70; 3. Montana State 67 4. Colorado 63; 5. Denver 48; 6. Vermont 43; 7. Alaska Anchorage 38; 8. Middlebury 30; 9. Colby 17; 10. New Mexico 15; 10. St. Michael's 15; 12. Colby-Sawyer 10; 13. Bates 5; 14. New Hampshire 2; 15. Plymouth State 1

 

PSU HIGHLIGHTS

* Einarsdottir was making her second NCAA Championships appearance. She bounced back this year with the 19th place in the GS after posting a did-not-finish in the GS last year at Steamboat Springs, Colo.

* Einarsdottir was a Second Team All-East honoree this season, and earned the 11th seed among Eastern skiers at the NCAA Championships. She will be the sixth seed in Friday's slalom event, and will look to match her 12th place finish from a year ago.

* Kuus made the most of his first appearance at the NCAA Championships. He had the 31st-best time on the first run, and 29th-fastest time on the second run.

* Kuus was the 18th seed from the East in the GS, and will be the 10th seed from the East in Friday's slalom. 

NEXT RACE

* Day 2 of the 2017 NCAA Skiing Championships continues March 9 with the women's 5k (10 a.m.) and men's 10k classical (11:30 a.m.) races at Jackson Ski Touring Center.

* The slalom portion of the NCAA Championships will take place at Cannon on Friday, Mar. 10, with the women's racing slated to begin at 9:00 a.m., followed by the men at 9:45 p.m.

* The Nordic skiers conclude the 64th annual NCAA Skiing Championships on Saturday, March 11.

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