Alpine Skiing at the USCSA National Championships
Tuesday, March 6-Friday, March 10 | 9 a.m.
Whiteface Mountain—Lake Placid, N.Y.
The Babson College men's and women's alpine ski teams return to Whiteface Mountain for the second time this season to compete in USCSA nationals beginning on Tuesday. The men are making their 11th straight appearance at nationals, while the women return for the third year in a row after back-to-back top-five finishes.
The women get the four-day event underway with the giant slalom on Tuesday, which will be followed by the slalom on Thursday. The men compete in the GS on Wednesday and the slalom on Friday.
LAST TIME AT WHITEFACE
The Beavers came in third in a pair of women's GS races and placed third and fourth in the men's giant slalom over the weekend of January 27-28 at Whiteface Mountain. Sophomore Elizabeth Baer came in fifth in both women's races, while classmate Jack Blanchard came in fourth in each of the men's races.
2017 USCSA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RECAP
Senior Tatum Alkier earned three All-America awards and placed 10th overall to help the Babson women tie for fifth in last season's national championship at Mount Bachelor in Bend, Oregon. Sophomore MacIntyre Henderson placed fifth overall and also earned three All-America laurels as the Beavers came in sixth in the men's championship.
SCOUTING THE BABSON WOMEN
The Green and White enter the USCSA National Championships after tying for second place at regionals back on February 24-25 at West Mountain. Baer came in third in the GS and fourth overall, while senior Michelle Martin was fourth in the GS and fifth in the combined standings. Senior Tatum Alkier also placed 10th overall for the Beavers, who have finished outside the top three just once in 12 races this winter.
SCOUTING THE BABSON MEN
The Beavers make their return to the national championships after coming in third in both the slalom and giant slalom, and tying for third overall at regionals. Blanchard won the slalom and came in third in the combined standings, while Henderson place third in the GS and was 13th overall. Sophomore Douglas DeLuca also finished 11th in the combined standings for Babson, which placed four skiers on the All-MacConnell Division team this winter.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Alkier is one of just two female skiers in program history along with Michele Steinrotter '98 with five career All-America awards. Junior Teagan Mosenthal also collected All-America honors in the slalom, giant slalom and combined standings at Whiteface back in 2016. On the men's side, DeLuca earned All-America honors in the combined standings at Mount Bachelor last season, while sophomore Sean Robinson has posted four top-20 finishes in the GS at Whiteface over the last two years.
GET TO KNOW THE FIELD
The Rocky Mountain men won their fifth national title in six years on the men's side and made it a clean sweep as their women's squad halted Sierra Nevada's two-year reign last winter at Mount Bachelor. Both programs, along with fellow western powers St. Olaf and College of Idaho should be among the contenders along with the Castleton men and women and the Clarkson men.