Men's Alpine Skiing

15 National Championship Appearances | 3 USCSA Regional Titles

Program History

The alpine ski program is one of the most deeply-rooted at Babson. During its existence, the men's team has won 12 division titles, advanced to the regionals 25 times, made 10 USCSA national appearances, and had one NCAA individual national qualifier. The women's squad has won five division titles, qualified for the regionals on nine occasions, and made trips three to nationals. In addition, the programs have combined to earn a total of 22 All-American awards as well as numerous All-Conference and All-East honors.

Men's Skiing History
As expected at a school located in the northeastern United States, skiing has been a popular activity for students at Babson throughout its history. However, Babson didn't feature an organized ski team until the late 1940s, when a group of skiers competed on behalf of the Institute through the Babson Outing Club - a subsidiary of the Intercollegiate Outing Club Association. This organization held an annual Winter Carnival beginning in 1947, with students from Harvard, MIT, Simmons, Wellesley, Lasell, and many others coming together to compete in a variety of outdoor winter activities. In addition to the Winter Carnival, Babson's first ski teams also competed in a slew of meets throughout the region as a member of the New England Intercollegiate Ski Conference (NEISC), which also included schools like Boston University, Boston College, Springfield, and Tufts.

Following a roughly 15-year-long period where intercollegiate skiing appears to have vanished from the ranks of Babson's varsity sports, the program returned in 1965-66. Withing a few short years, the squad won its first-ever conference championship when it finished atop the Thomson Division of the NEISC in 1968-69. Among the school's top skiers during this era were three-time All-League honoree Jeff Dade, two-time All-Conference selection Bill Wickes, and 1968-69 Thomson Division leader and All-League honoree Jim Loney.

After adding another conference title in 1972-73, the Babson ski team exploded onto the regional and national scene in the early 1980s. In 1979-80, Babson won the Thomson Division championship by finishing with 103 team points - the first 100-plus point season in program history. Among Babson's five All-League honorees, Brian Moran and Hunter Muller became the school's first skiers to qualify for the NCAA Eastern Championships, while the team as a whole was invited to participate in the Candian-American Championships at Lake Placid.

That season kicked off a remarkable run for the Beavers, who repeated as Thomson Division champs and earned the program's first-ever bid to the National Collegiate Ski Championships in Marquette, Michigan in 1980-81. Paced by future Babson Athletics Hall of Famer Rodolphe von Berg, who became the program's first All-American when he claimed honors in both the GS and slalom that winter, the Beavers placed seventh out of 16 squads at Nationals.

Led by Thomson Division giant slalom and overall point champion von Berg and slalom champ Jay Nichols, Babson claimed its third league title in a row in 1981-82, and the following year added its fourth consecutive conference crown. The Beavers then capped off their amazing five-year run with their fifth straight Thomson Division championship in 1983-84 - making the first time in the 35-year history of the league that any team had won five consecutive titles. Led by indivdual league champion Hunter Muller, the Beavers finished the year ranked fifth in the East and 19th in the country while earning their fifth straight trip to the regional championships.

Now joined by a highly-successful women's program, the men's ski team continued to maintain its position as one of the top squads in the region in the late 1980's. The Beavers won another Thomson Division title in 1986-87 behind three-time All-East honoree and individual league champion Jeff Shay, and two years later the team placed second in the league while earning another trip to the NCSA National Championships, where they finished eighth overall. Babson then continued to roll into the '90s, winning back-to-back conference titles in 1991-92 and 1992-93.

Although the Beavers would go 11 years without a league title or USCSA National bid from 1993 to 2004, the program would boast incredible individual success. The highlight of this period was undoubtedly the performance of Chad Isaacs, who in his senior season of 1998-99 became the first and to date only skier in school history to qualify for the NCAA National Skiing Championships*. Isaacs' road to history began when he qualified for the EISA Regional Championships at Middlebury, where he placed 13th out of 60 total competitors. That earned him a trip to the NCAA Championships at Sunday River in Bethel, Maine, where he placed 27th in the GS and 18th in the slalom. As a result, he single-handedly placed Babson 19th out of 23 schools at the competition. Isaacs was later named Babson's Senior Athlete of the Year.

The new millennium ushered in a fresh era of dominance for the men's ski program, beginning when sophomore star Carson Thurber qualified for the United States Collegiate Ski Association (USCSA) National Championships and earned All-America honors in the slalom, GS, and combined competitions in 2003-04. The following year, Thurber would garner All-America Second Team status in the GS in leading the Beavers to their first USCSA National Championship appearance as a team in 16 years, where they placed ninth overall. Babson returned to Nationals in 2005-06, where the team finished sixth out of 19 squads - the best finish in program history - thanks to yet another All-America Second Team effort in the GS from Thurber - his program record-tying fifth All-American award**.

After missing a postseason bid in 2006-07, the men's program embarked on an incredible run of six straight trips to USCSA Nationals beginning in 2007-08. The team finished 10th that winter and then matched the program's best finish ever by placing sixth out of 20 schools in 2008-09. The Beavers' top stars during this period were John Roche '09, who earned All-America Second Team honors in the giant slalom in 2008 and the combined competition in 2009, and Max Winthrop '11, who garnered Honorable Mention Academic All-America honors in 2010. Babson then placed 10th at nationals in 2010, 12th in 2011, and seventh in 2012, with Keith Vella '11 highlighting the 2011 trip by earning All-America Honorable Mention status in the giant slalom.

A fresh crop of stars came to Babson in 2012-13, and promptly led the men's program to perhaps its greatest season ever. Led by the first-year trio of Carter Dowd, Graham Quisenberry, and Sam Barber, the Beavers placed second in the MacConnell Division standings, won its first-ever East Regional Championship, and finished third at the USCSA National Championships - the best finish in team history. Dowd was named MacConnell Division Skier of the Year after winning the league's point championship during the regular season, and he went on to finish first in both the slalom and combined standings at the East Regional Championships. At Nationals, Dowd earned All-America Honorable Mention recognition in the giant slalom, while Quisenberry and Barber earned the same distinction in the combined competition. It marked the first time in program history that three individuals earns All-America honors.

* The Babson ski teams compete under the umbrella of the United States Collegiate Ski Association (USCSA), which holds a separate National Championship from the NCAA. Babson skiers can still qualify for NCAA Regional and National Championships, however, with Isaacs being the College's only NCAA national qualifier to date.

** The USCSA didn't begin awarding All-America honors for the Combined competition until the early-to-mid 2000s. Had the award existed during her career, Steinrotter would have had at least two more All-American honors for her combined finishes at nationals. As it stands, she remains the only skier in school history to have earned All-American honors in five separate events, with Thurber having garnered All-America status in four events and one in the combined competition.

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