Caflisch leads PSU Skiers with giant slalom victory at Loon Mountain

LINCOLN, N.H. - The results are finally in, and Plymouth State University's alpine ski teams placed third and fourth in the giant slalom races Sunday at the Brown University Winter Carnival at Loon Mountain.  Highlighting the day was another first place finish for outstanding PSU freshman Melissa Caflisch (Clymer, N.Y.), her fourth victory in six races this season.

The results of the races were delayed several days due to a breakdown with the automatic timing system on Sunday.  The backup timing system was used, which took extra time to verify the results.

Caflisch (left) led the Panther women to a fourth place finish among the 10 teams, behind Boston College, the University of Massachusetts, and host Brown. Other top PSU finishers in the women's race, which included 70 skiers, included freshman Kara Marvelli (Franconia, N.H.) in 10th place, and freshman Meghann McKenney (Hubbardston, Mass.) in 20th.

The Panther men's contingent, which was split into two squads, placed second and fourth among the 19 competing teams. (The format is different this week for the men's races, as all schools were divided into two teams, with five skiers on each squad and the top three times counting towards the team total. Normally, there are 10 skiers on each team with the top five times counting.) After having six of the top 13 finishers in Saturday's slalom, PSU had only two of the top 13 in Sunday's GS.


Senior Tyler Barlow (South Burlington, Vt.) was the top Panther finisher among the 87 racers, placing sixth overall, his third straight sixth-place finish.  Junior Skip Bartlett (Silver Lake, N.H.) was the next PSU racer to place, finishing 10th, while junior Bill Halberstadt (Concord, N.H.) and senior Chad Demetry (Francestown, N.H.) were 16th and 20th, respectively.

Boston College's "A" team took top honors, with Colby-Sawyer's "A" team runner-up.  PSU's teams finished third and fourth, with MIT's "A" team rounding out the top five among the 19 entries.

The ski racing continues next weekend (Feb. 12-13) at Ascutney Mountain in Vermont with the slalom on Saturday and giant slalom on Sunday.

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