February 20, 2014

Event Preview: Alpine Ski at USCSA East Regionals

Alpine Skiing at USCSA Regional Championships
Saturday-Sunday, February 22-23
Sugarloaf Mountain—Carrabassett Valley, Maine

THE SETUP:
The Babson College men's alpine ski team, along with first-year Kristen Sweeney of the women's team, will compete at the two-day USCSA Regionals this weekend at Sugarloaf Mountain in Carrabassett Valley, Maine. The Beavers will compete in the giant slalom on Saturday and slalom on Sunday as they look to advance to advance to the USCSA national championships for a seventh consecutive season.

LAST TIME AT SUGARLOAF:
The men's team last competed at Sugarloaf two years ago, placing fourth in the overall combined standings at USCSA Regionals to advance to the USCSA national championships. Current senior Kevin Dachos received all-region honors after coming in sixth in the GS and 15th in the combined standings, while classmate Clark Chamberlin finished 14th in the giant slalom and 22nd in the slalom.

2013 USCSA EAST REGIONAL RECAP:
The Beavers won the slalom and finished second in the GS en route to the program's first-ever USCSA East Regional title last winter at Mount Abram in Greenwood, Maine. Sophomore Carter Dowd won the slalom and came in fourth in the giant slalom to earn all-region honors. Classmates Graham Quisenberry and Sam Barber both garnered all-region accolades as well, finishing fourth and ninth overall, respectively.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS:
The Babson men are making their seventh consecutive regional championship appearance and are coming off a second-place regular-season finish in the MacConnell Division. Dowd won a pair of races, including the slalom at Bromley Mountain in the final race of the season to earn MacConnell Division Skier of the Year honors for the second time in as many years. Quisenberry came in third in the slalom at Bromley and posted a seventh-place finish in the overall standings. Barber finished 14th in the standings and Dachos was 15th as both earned all-league honors…On the women's side, Sweeney used a pair of top-10 finishes in the slalom at Bromley to earn All-MacConnell Division honors by finishing third overall. She was also the top finisher on a non-qualifying team and will make her regionals debut competing as an individual this weekend.

SCOUTING THE FIELD:
The Green and White must contend with a pair of league rivals in Clarkson, which won its third straight MacConnell Division title, and Castleton State, which came in third just one point behind the Beavers, this weekend. Northeastern University won the Thompson Division championship while WPI, which finished second in the Thompson standings, came in sixth at the regionals last season and will also look to contend for a spot at nationals.

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