PSU Ski Teams battle frigid temps during GS at UVM Carnival

PSU Ski Teams battle frigid temps during GS at UVM Carnival

Kuus, Einarsdottir post top finishers for Panthers at Stowe

            STOWE, Vt. – Junior Karl Kuus (Toronto, Ont.) and senior Freydis Einarsdottir (Gardabaer, Iceland) were the top finishers for the Plymouth State University alpine ski teams as the Panthers kicked off the University of Vermont Carnival with the giant slalom at Stowe Mountain Resort on Friday.

            The Panthers battled frigid temperatures as well as the course, as temperatures remained in the single digits.

            Kuus finished 12th on the men's side, while Einarsdottir posted the top female finish for the Panthers, ending up in 31st place.


            The Basics:

            UVM Carnival (Men's GS) – 8th of 13 Teams

            UVM Carnival (Women's GS) – 12th of 13 Teams


            Team Champions (Men):

            * The hosts narrowly held off Dartmouth College for the team title, winning by the narrowest of margins. UVM finished with 119 points, with the Big Green totaling 118. Middlebury College took third with 97 points.

            * The Panthers tallied 57 points to end up in eighth, one point behind Boston College and two back of Bates College.


            Team Champions (Women):

            * It was UVM and Dartmouth finishing one-two on the women's side as well, with the Catamounts earning 141 points to Dartmouth's 115. The University of New Hampshire (88) rounded out the top three.

            * PSU totaled 30 points to finish 12th, just one point behind Bates.


            How it Happened (Men):

            * Kuus posted the 11th fastest time first run, finishing the course in 1:03.17. He slipped three spots after his second run to place 12th with a combined 2:07.52.

            * PSU's next three finishers all ended up within a half-second of one another. Junior Logan Martin (Edwards, Colo.) finished 27th in 2:09.27, with freshman Hunter Watson (Ottawa, Ont.) and sophomore Cooper Yates (Richmond, B.C.) right behind him. Watson ended up 30th with a combined time of 2:09.67, with Yates taking 31st in 2:09.70.

            * Junior Michael Townsend (Layton, Utah) finished 44th in the field of 60 racers, totaling 2:14.19 between his two runs.


            How it Happened (Women):

            * Einarsdottir was PSU's top female finisher in the GS for the third straight weekend. Her opening run of 1:08.68 was the 40th fastest time in the field, but she moved up nine slots after finishing her second run in 1:09.08, for a combined 2:17.76.

            * Freshman Rachel Smith (Stowe, Vt.) and sophomore Gigi Quimby (Dunstable, Mass.) also competed for the Panthers. Smith finished 39th in 2:20.76, with Quimby ending up 44th in the field of 65 in 2:24.45.


            Up Next:

            * The Panthers are back in action tomorrow for the slalom.




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