Ten Panthers honored by USCSCA
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – A total of ten Plymouth State University alpine ski team members have been honored by the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association (USCSCA) for their success in the classroom with inclusion on the National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team.
To qualify, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or better and have competed at one of the NCAA Regional Championships held in February.
A total of 283 student-athletes from 28 schools have earned the honor. Plymouth State's representatives on the team are senior Freydis Einarsdottir (Gardabaer, Iceland), juniors Rachel Kosik (Goodrich, Mich.), Karl Kuus (Toronto, Ont.), Logan Martin (Edwards, Colo.) and Michael Townsend (Layton, Utah), sophomores Gigi Quimby (Dunstable, Mass.) and Cooper Yates (Richmond, B.C.) and freshmen Rachel Smith (Stowe, Vt.), Trevor Maxwell (West Linn, Ore.) and Hunter Watson (Ottawa, Ont.).
The 28 colleges and universities come from one of three conferences nationally. In the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) a total of 136 student-athletes representing 14 institutions, including Plymouth State, were honored. A total of 52 student-athletes from six teams in the Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA) were included and 96 student-athletes from eight schools in the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA) earned the honor.
Under the direction of second year head coach Geoff Ouellette, Plymouth State wrapped up the EISA season with the New England Regional Championships in late February. The Panther men posted a fifth place finish in the GS and took fourth in the slalom, while the women finished 12th in both disciplines.
Kuus became the tenth PSU skier to qualify for the National Collegiate Skiing Championships last month, and joined Einarsdottir as the only skiers in program history to compete on the sport's largest collegiate stage three times. After a 21st place finish in the GS, he caught an edge and pulled off course in the slalom.
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