Kuus 11th and Einarsdottir 15th in slalom for Panthers
FRANCONIA, N.H. – Two Plymouth State University alpine ski racers posted Top 15 finishes Friday in the slalom portion of the 2017 NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships at Cannon Mountain, hosted by the University of New Hampshire.
Freshman Karl Kuus (Toronto, Ont.) finished in 11th place out of 34 skiers in the men's slalom, completing the two runs in a time of 1:51.75. He finished the first run in 12th place and moved up a spot in the second attempt. Sophomore Freydis Einarsdottir (Gardabaer, Iceland) finished in 15th place out of 34 skiers in the women's slalom, completing her two runs in a time of 1:59.93. She, too, was in 12th place after the first run before slipping three spots in the second run.
Kuus' 11th place is the highest finish ever for a Plymouth State skier at the NCAA National Championships, while Einarsdottir is the first Panther to post a pair of Top 15 finishes; she placed 12th in the slalom at last year's race, which was previously the highest finisher ever.
NCAA National Collegiate Skiing Championships, Slalom
Univ. of New Hampshire Host, Cannon Mountain, Franconia, N.H. – Friday, Mar. 10, 2017
Men's SlalomTeam Scores:
1. Colorado (80); 2. Denver (71); 2. Vermont (71); 4. Dartmouth (62); 5. Utah (39); 6. St. Michael's (37); 7. Middlebury (29); 8. Montana State (27); 9. Alaska Anchorage (25); 10. New Mexico (21); 11. Plymouth State (20); 12. Colby (10); 13. Colby-Sawyer (5); 14. Bates (2)
Women's Slalom Team Scores:
1. Denver (83); 2. Dartmouth (81); 3. Montana State (60); 4. Colorado (57); 5. Vermont (56); 6. Utah (44); 7. New Mexico (25); 8. New Hampshire (22); 9. Middlebury (17); 9. Colby (17); 11. Plymouth State (16); 12. Bates (11); 13. Alaska Anchorage (6); 14. St. Michael's (4)
Overall NCAA Skiing Team Scores (Alpine and Nordic combined, thru Friday):
1. Denver (419); 2. Utah (384.5); 3. Colorado (377); 4. Dartmouth (313); 5. Vermont (279); 6. Montana State (264); 7. New Mexico (155.5); 8. Northern Michigan (120); 9. Alaska Anchorage (110); 10. New Hampshire (108); 11. Middlebury (89); 12. Colby (86.5); 13. Williams (62.5); 14. St. Michael's (56); 15. Plymouth State (49); 16. Alaska Fairbanks (39); 17. Bates (29); 18. Colby-Sawyer (15); 19. St. Scholastica (12); 20. Michigan Tech (11); 21. Bowdoin (0)
* Einarsdottir was making her second NCAA Championships appearance. She was a Second Team All-East honoree this season, and earned the 11th seed among Eastern skiers at the NCAA Championships. She finished 19th in Wednesday's giant slalom.
* Kuus, who was the 18th seed from the East in the GS and the 10th seed from the East in the slalom, placed 30th in Wednesday's giant slalom.
* The Panther duo led the PSU teams to 11th place in both the men's and women's standings in the slalom event.
* PSU is in 15th place in the overall NCAA Skiing Championship standings, which include both alpine and Nordic.
* The top three teams in the overall standings are from western schools: the Universities of Denver (419), Utah (384.5), and Colorado (377), with Dartmouth College (313) and the University of Vermont (279) rounding out the top five.
* The Panthers are led by seventh-year head coach Andrew Gannon, who has brought at least one Panther skier to the NCAA Championships each of the past four years.
* The 64th Annual NCAA Skiing Championships conclude Saturday, March 11 with the men's nordic 20k (10 a.m.) and women's 15k (12 noon) freestyle races at Jackson Ski Touring Center.
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