WINTER PARK, Colo. - The United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association's National Championships got underway Wednesday at Winter Park Resort with the women's giant slalom, and Plymouth State University finished in fourth place out of 19 schools.
Sierra Nevada College won the event, with PSU's regular season division rivals Boston College and Colby-Sawyer College in second and third place, respectively. PSU took fourth, with Rocky Mountain College rounding out the top five.
Junior Melissa Caflisch (Clymer, N.Y.) and freshman Alyssa Deane (Casper, Wyo.) posted the top finishes for Plymouth State, Caflisch placing ninth and Deane 17th out of the 101 racers. Caflisch was the third fastest skier in the first run, and Deane had the third-best time in the second run. Junior Kara Marvelli (Franconia, N.H.) came in with a 25th place, while senior Amelia Hough (Gloucester, Mass.) was 35th and freshman Shelley Bowen (Gilford, N.H.) finished 61st.
Sophomore Katie Van Riper (Carabasset Valley, Maine), who was PSU's No. 2 skier most of the season, suffered an injury in practice last week and could not compete.
The championships continue Thursday with the men's giant slalom. The women's slalom is set for Friday, with the event wrapping up on Saturday with the men's slalom.
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