Blanchard, Henderson, Robinson Earn All-America Honors as Beavers Collect Historic Victory
LAKE PLACID, N.Y.—Sophomore Jack Blanchard (Dover, Mass.) and MacIntyre Henderson (Park City, Utah) both recorded top-five finishes as the Babson College men's alpine ski team won the slalom for the first time in program history at the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships on Friday at Whiteface Mountain.
The Beavers' top three skiers finished two slalom runs in a total time of 5:11.59, which was four one-hundredths of a second ahead of runner-up Castleton. Rocky Mountain came in third and Sierra Nevada finished fourth to create a four-way tie atop the combined standings leaderboard, which includes results from Wednesday's giant slalom race. After breaking the tie, the Green and White officially came in fourth in the combined standings marking just its second top-five national championship finish in program history.
Blanchard and Henderson both earned their second and third All-America awards of the week after finishing within 2.5 seconds of the overall winner, Paul Rechberger of Castleton on Friday. Blanchard came in second and Henderson fifth in the slalom, while both earned podium finishes in the combined standings with Blanchard in second position and Henderson in third.
Sophomore Sean Robinson (Reno, Nev.) moved up seven spots with a strong final run on Friday to place 13th in the slalom, and also placed 51st in the combined standings. Senior John Boland (Waitsfield, Vt.) finished 60th in the slalom and was 38th in the overall standings.
Sophomore Eli Wolfson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) was unable to finish both slalom runs on Friday and came in 70th in the combined standings.
• Prior to Friday's victory, the Beavers had never finished higher than third in either the slalom or giant slalom.
• Henderson joins Carter Dowd '16 as the only two six-time All-Americans in program history. Robinson also collected his first All-America honor in the slalom.
• Boland, Blanchard, Henderson and sophomore Douglas DeLuca (Holderness, N.H.), who did not compete at nationals due to injury, were named to the USCSA Scholar All-America team on Thursday.