Einarsdottir, Kuus & Yates to represent Panthers on biggest stage
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – For the first time in program history three members of the Plymouth State University alpine ski team will compete for a National Championship.
Junior Freydis Einarsdottir (Garðabær, Iceland), sophomore Karl Kuus (Toronto, Ont.) and freshman Cooper Yates (Richmond, B.C.) were all selected as representatives from the East Region to participate in the 2018 National Collegiate Men's and Women's Skiing Championships, to be held Mar. 7 – 10 at Howelsen Hill and Mount Werner in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
A total of 34 men and 34 women were selected to participate in the alpine events at Mount Werner, with 16 men and women from the East Region and 18 men and women representing the West Region. Participants were selected on a regional basis with bids awarded to regions using a formula determined by the skiing committee.
The giant slalom will take place on Wednesday, Mar. 7, with the slalom set for Saturday, Mar. 10.
This marks the fifth straight year Plymouth State has been represented at the NCAA Championships, and sixth time overall. It is the first time three Panther skiers have made the cut and the first time two PSU men have qualified in the same year.
Einarsdottir has reached the championships in each of her three seasons. As a freshman she posted the highest finish for a Panther skier ever at the NCAA Championships with a 12th place result in the slalom. Last winter she became the first PSU skier with multiple top-15 finishes at the championships after taking 15th in the slalom. She added a 19th place result in the giant slalom as well. In addition to skiing for her native Iceland in the PyeongChang Olympic Games, Einarsdottir has posted four top-15 finishes this season, including a sixth place finish in the slalom at the St. Michael's College Carnival on Jan. 27. Her top GS result was an 11th place finish at the Colby Carnival on Jan. 21.
This will be Kuus' second straight championship appearance. In 2017 he set a new standard for PSU skiing at the NCAA Championships with an 11th place finish in the slalom. He added a 30th place finish in the giant slalom. He was the only Panther skier to earn a podium this winter, taking third place in the slalom at the St. Michael's College Carnival on Jan. 27. He finished the year with six top-15 finishes, including four top-ten marks. His best giant slalom result was a pair of 12th place finishes at the St. Michael's College Carnival on Jan. 26, and the Williams College Carnival on Feb. 16.
Yates has enjoyed a successful rookie campaign with a pair of top-15s on the year. His best result was a 10th place finish in the giant slalom at the Colby College Carnival on Jan. 21. He also posted an 11th place finish in the GS at the UVM Carnival on Feb. 2. His top slalom performance came on Jan. 27 at the St. Michael's College Carnival, and again on Feb. 10 at the Dartmouth College Carnival, where he finished 26th.
The contingent from the East will include the three Panthers along with skiers from Dartmouth College, the University of Vermont, Middlebury College, the University of New Hampshire, St. Michael's College and individual competitors from Colby College, Boston College, Williams College, St. Lawrence University and Bates College. They will be competing against the top collegiate ski racers in the country, including Division I scholarship student-athletes, and skiers with World Cup and Olympic experience.
This year's skiing championships will be webcast live on NCAA.com. Visit http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule to watch all the action.
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