Martin, Einarsdottir lead PSU Ski Teams in GS at NCAA Regionals

Martin, Einarsdottir lead PSU Ski Teams in GS at NCAA Regionals

Both Panther skiers finish in top 10; PSU Men place eighth, women 10th

            MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Senior Max Martin (Salt Lake City, Utah) and freshman Freydis Halla Einarsdottir (Gardabaer, Iceland) had top 10 performances for the Plymouth State University alpine ski teams Saturday as the Panthers finished the regular season with the giant slalom portion of the Middlebury College Winter Carnival at the Middlebury Snow Bowl.

            Martin finished off the best weekend of his career with an eighth-place finish in Saturday's GS. He was 15th after one run and moved up seven places on the second run. Martin placed ninth in Friday's slalom and finished the regular season with three top-10 finishes and nine top-20 finishes in 12 races this winter. He is hoping to make his second NCAA Championships appearance, having competed in 2014.

            Einarsdottir continued her outstanding rookie season for PSU with a 10th-place finish in the GS, posting top-10 times in both runs. The Panther freshman had an outstanding weekend with a runner-up finish in Friday's slalom, finishing the regular season with eight top-10 finishes and two podium performances. She is one of the top-ranked skiers in the NCAA East Region, and will represent Plymouth State at the NCAA Skiing Championships in March.

            Four other Panther men turned in solid efforts in Saturday's GS, as sophomore Bryce Eller (Mammoth Lakes, Calif.) and junior Kyle Farrow (Collingwood, Ont.) were 33rd and 34th, senior Takehiro Watanabe (Sapporo, Japan) was 44th, and junior Jonny Kellock (Cedar Valley, Ont.) was 47th.

            Two Panther seniors finished strong in their final race, with Katie Burton (Jackson, N.H.) came across the line in 41st and senior Eliza Whatley (Carrabasset, Maine) was 45th.

            The event also serves as the NCAA Regionals and the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association (EISA) Championships, which includes the top collegiate ski teams in the east from all NCAA Divisions. PSU finished eighth out of 13 schools in the men's team standings, while the Panthers were finished 10th out of 13 on the women's side.

            The NCAA Skiing Championships are Mar. 9-12 at Steamboat Springs, Colo.; the slalom races are Wednesday, Mar. 9, with the GS slated for Friday, Mar. 11.

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