Eight Panthers named to All-Academic Team
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Eight members of the Plymouth State University alpine ski team where honored by the United States Collegiate Ski Coaches Association (USCSCA) on Friday for their success in the classroom and on the slopes.
Seniors Karl Kuus (Toronto, Ontario), Logan Martin (Edwards, Colo.), Rachel Kosik (Goodrich, Mich.) and Maris Van Slyke (Lake Placid, N.Y.), junior Cooper Yates (Richmond, British Columbia), sophomore Hunter Watson (Ottawa, Ontario) and freshmen Camryn Metzger (Thornbury, Ontario) and Carmela Olmo (Lleida, Spain) were all named to the National Collegiate All-Academic Ski Team.
To qualify, skiers must have a cumulative 3.50 grade point average and participate in an NCAA Regional Championship. A total of 291 skiers representing 27 teams earned the honor.
The 27 colleges and universities come from one of three conferences nationally. In the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) a total of 152 student-athletes from 14 institutions, including Plymouth State, earned the recognition.
Additionally, 47 student-athletes representing five teams from the Central Collegiate Ski Association (CCSA), and another 92 skiers from eight schools within the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA) were also honored.
Under the direction of first-year head coach Trevor Hamilton, Plymouth State wrapped up the EISA carnival season at the NCAA East Regionals in late February. The men finished tied for fifth in the slalom and took seventh in the giant slalom, while the women placed tenth in the slalom and 13th in the GS.
For the first time in program history the Panthers sent a full team of three men's racers to the National Collegiate Skiing Championships last month. Watson posted a school record 16th-place finish in the GS, with Yates taking 28th and Kuus finishing 30th. The championships were halted prior to the slalom races in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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