Alpine Skiing at Okemo Carnival
Thursday-Friday, January 11-12 | 9:30 a.m.
Okemo Mountain Resort—Ludlow, Vt.
The Babson College men's and women's alpine ski teams open the 2018 MacConnell Division schedule with two days of competition at Okemo Mountain Resort. The teams will compete in the giant slalom on Thursday and the slalom on Friday.
LAST TIME AT OKEMO
Sophomore Elizabeth Baer came in fourth in the GS and eighth in the slalom to help the Babson women record back-to-back to runner-up finishes, while classmate Douglas DeLuca posted a pair of top-10 results as the men came in third in each race at last year's season-opening carnival. Senior Tatum Alkier placed 10th in the women's GS, while sophomore Jack Blanchard came in seventh in the men's slalom for the Beavers.
SCOUTING THE BABSON WOMEN
The Green and White comes into the 2018 season looking to continue its rise to regional and national prominence after a second consecutive top-five finish at nationals last March. Alkier is one of just two five-time All-Americans in program history, while Baer came in fifth in the regular season league standings and came in 12th in the combined standings at nationals last winter. Senior Michelle Martin, who finished 16th in the MacConnell Division in 2017, and junior Teagan Mosenthal, who placed 18th, give the Beavers four skiers with at least one All-America award on their roster.
SCOUTING THE BABSON MEN
The Beavers enter the 2018 campaign coming off its third USCSA regional title in five years, in addition to a second-place finish in the MacConnell Division and a sixth-place showing at nationals. The Beavers return its top four skiers, led by DeLuca and fellow sophomore MacIntyre Henderson. The duo, which combined for seven podium finishes during the regular season and to win four All-America awards at nationals, came in third and fourth, respectively, in the MacConnell Division last season. Also back are Blanchard, senior John Boland and sophomore Sean Robinson, who combined for 15 top-20 finishes in 2017.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Brown has dominated the women's side of the MacConnell Division for the better part of the last six years, capturing six league titles to go along with five USCSA regional championships since 2012. The Beavers, along with Castleton, Clarkson and UConn, will again be the top challengers. All five teams have finished in the top 10 at nationals in back-to-back seasons…Clarkson has won six straight MacConnell Division titles on the men's side, although the margins have been close over both the Babson and Castleton since 2013. UConn has recorded four consecutive top-10 finishes at nationals, while St. Anselm placed fifth at Mount Bachelor last winter.