CARRABASSETT VALLEY, Maine—The Babson College men's and women's alpine ski teams opened the United States Collegiate Ski Association (USCSA) East Regionals with a trio of top performances in the giant slalom at Sugarloaf Mountain on Saturday. Sophomores Carter Dowd (Salt Lake City, Utah) and Graham Quisenberry (Farmington, Conn.) both posted top-six results in the men's race, while first-year Kristen Sweeney (Westport, Conn.), who is competing as an individual this weekend, finished seventh in the women's GS.
The Beavers currently sit in second place heading into Sunday's slalom event, trailing just MacConnell Division champion Clarkson. UConn is in third place, followed by Northeastern in fourth and Castleton State in fifth.
Dowd put together a pair of strong runs to come in third overall with a time 1:43.89. Quisenberry was 10th after his first trip down the mountain on Saturday but posted the fourth-best second-run time to finish sixth with a total time of 1:46.67. Senior Clark Chamberlin (Auburn, Maine) put together two strong runs to post a 20th-place finish.
Sweeney was 12th after her morning run in the giant slalom but finished her second trip down the mountain in 57.15 seconds to move up to seventh with a two-run time of 1:54.64.
The first of two slalom runs at Sugarloaf will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday.