Einarsdottir posts top-20 finish in first post-Olympic race
HANCOCK, Vt. – Junior Freydis Einarsdottir (Garðabær, Iceland) earned an 18th place finish in the slalom to lead the Plymouth State University alpine ski teams in day one of the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Championships hosted by the Middlebury Snow Bowl.
The Plymouth State women finished 10th with 33 points, just two points in back of St. Lawrence University. The University of Vermont won the women's team title with 136 points, with Dartmouth College (122) and host Middlebury College (86) rounding out the top three.
The same three schools made up the top three on the men's side. The Big Green took first with 128 points, with UVM (112) and Middlebury (97) close behind. Plymouth State was four points behind Colby-Sawyer College to finish 11th with 29 points.
Einarsdottir, fresh off competing in the PyeongChang Olympic Games, finished her first run in 50.89, the 25th fastest time among 83 competitors. She was even better during her second run, shaving exactly one second off her time for a combined result of 1:40.78 to take 18th overall. Spots 11 through 20 were separated by just 0.75 seconds.
Sophomores Ashley Houser (Ramsey, N.J.) and Rachael Kosik (Goodrich, Mich.) put together a pair of good runs finishing 55th and 56th, respectively, and both finishing more than 20 spots better than their initial seeding. Houser put together runs of 58.83 and 57.60, while Kosik finished in 58.74 and 58.51 seconds. Classmate Allison Price (Rutland, Vt.) had a good first run (52.82) but did not finish her second.
Freshman Cooper Yates (Richmond, B.C.) and sophomore Logan Martin (Edwards, Colo.) posted the top times for the Panther men, with Yates finishing 36th and Martin right behind him at 37th. Yates posted the 43rd fastest time with his first run (51.61), while Martin was the 42nd fastest in run number two (48.81).
Senior Danny Blake (Orchard Park, N.Y.) was not far behind, earning a 40th place result and outskiing his seeding by 35 places. His combined time of 1:41.44 was just 0.78 seconds behind Yates' time. Freshman Yuri McClure (Hailey, Idaho) was impressive as well, outskiing his seeding by 30 places to end up 46th with a combined time of 1:43.57.
Senior Bryce Eller (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) was the fifth Panther to complete both runs, taking 58th with a combined time of 2:03.58.
PSU will compete in the giant slalom tomorrow.
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