PSU Women’s Ski Team places fifth, its best finish in five years of EISA

PSU Women’s Ski Team places fifth, its best finish in five years of EISA

Einarsdottir, Martin post top finishes for Panther women, men

            NEWRY, Maine – Freshman Freydis Halla Einarsdottir (Gardabaer, Iceland) and senior Max Martin (Salt Lake City, Utah) were Plymouth State University's top finishers Saturday in the first slalom race of the season at the Bates Winter Carnival at Sunday River.

            PSU finished in fifth place among 13 teams in the women's team scoring, the best place for the Panthers in the team standings since joining the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) in 2012. The Panthers men placed ninth out of 13.

            Einarsdottir posted an impressive fifth-place among the 79 racers on the women's side. She was the fifth fastest racer on the first run and came back with the fourth-fastest time on the second run. Einarsdottir finished 16th in the giant slalom on Friday in her collegiate debut.

            Einarsdottir was one of four Panther women who completed both runs, as junior Charlotte Lemgart (Vaerloese, Denmark) finished in 19th place, sophomore Eklutna Kenney (Weybridge, Vt.) came home in 42nd, and senior Eliza Whatley (Carrabasset Valley, Maine) came across in 45th.

            Martin led the Panther men with a 14th place among 77 racers in the slalom after topping the team in Friday's GS with a 24th place finish. Classmate Takehiro Watanabe (Sapporo, Japan) also turned in a solid performance, placing 31st.

            Dartmouth College claimed the women's team title with 135 points, ahead of runner-up University of Vermont (105) and third-place University of New Hampshire (93). PSU was fifth with 68 points, ahead of sixth-place Colby College (67) and behind fourth-place Williams College (74).

            The University of Vermont (120) topped the men's standings, ahead up runner-up Saint Michael's College (112) and third place Dartmouth (98). PSU finished ninth with 39 points, ahead of 10th-place Saint Lawrence University (32) and behind seventh-place Williams College and Colby College (41).

            The EISA circuit returns to competition next Friday at the Colby Carnival at Sugarloaf, with the GS on Friday and the slalom on Saturday.

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