Alkier Becomes Program's First Six-Time All-American as Beavers Match Best Finish in Program History
LAKE PLACID, N.Y.—Sophomore Elizabeth Baer picked up two more All-America awards and the Babson College women's alpine ski team placed fifth in the slalom and fourth in the combined standings to match their best finish in program history at the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships on Thursday at Whiteface Mountain.
Rocky Mountain won the slalom and edged out Sierra Nevada for first place in the combined standings for the second year in a row. Castleton, which placed second in the slalom, was third overall, while the Beavers finished a point ahead of St. Olaf to grab four position, matching the 2016 squad for the best result in school history.
Baer came in eighth in the slalom and joined senior Tatum Alkier (Collingwood, Ontario) and junior Teagan Mosenthal (Campton, N.H.) as the only Babson female skiers to earn three All-America laurels in the same season on Thursday. Her sixth-place finish in the combined standings is also the best result since the USCSA began giving out combined awards in the early 2000s.
In addition to Baer's performance, Alkier came in 16th in the slalom and finished 15th in the combined standings to become the first female in school history to earn six All-America honors. Along with two other combined awards in 2015 and 2017, she also took home a pair of All-America laurels in the slalom (2015, 2017) and one in the giant slalom (2017).
Junior Olivia Burwell (Manchester Center, Vt.) came in 37th in Thursday's slalom and 31st overall, while senior Alexis Kane (North Syracuse, N.Y.) placed 61st in the slalom and was 51st in the combined standings. Classmate Michelle Martin (Belmont, Mass.) also wrapped up her career by finishing 82nd in the slalom.
• Prior to earning her combined award on Thursday, Alkier was tied with Babson Hall of Famer Michele Steinrotter '98 as the only skiers in program history to earn five All-America honors. Steinrotter earned two in the slalom and three in the giant slalom.
• Alkier and Kane also were recognized for their work in the classroom when the USCSA announced its Scholar All-America team on Thursday.