The Babson College men's alpine ski team closed out its brilliant 2009 season with a fantastic performance in the slalom portion of the United States Collegiate Ski Association (USCSA) National Championships on Saturday, as the Beavers placed fifth out of 20 teams. As a result, Babson finished sixth overall in the combined standings - matching the best finish in program history. Senior co-captains John Roche (Hingham, Mass.) and Kevin Fusick (North Granby, Conn.) closed out their respective careers in stellar fashion, as both finished in the top 20. Roche placed 18th overall with a two-run total time of 1:44.82, while Fusick was close behind in 19th with a combined time of 1:45.75. Sophomore Max Winthrop (Avon, Conn.) rounded out the team's scoring three with another excellent effort, finishing 21st in 1:46.49, and junior Connor Lemenze (Stratton Mountain, Vt.) came in 52nd with a total time of 2:04.23.
Following Thurdsay's giant slalom portion of the 2009 United States Collegiate Ski Association (USCSA) National Championships, the Babson College men's alpine ski team stood in seventh place out of 18 squads. The Beavers will look to match or eclipse their best finish ever (6th) at the event when they compete in the slalom on Saturday beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET. Senior co-captain John Roche (Hingham, Mass.) once again paced Babson on Thurdsay, finishing 25th overall with a two-run total time of 2:04.28. He was followed closely by sophomore teammate Keith Vella (Sussex, N.J.), who placed 26th in 2:04.57, and senior co-captain Kevin Fusick (North Granby, Conn.), who rounded out the Beavers' scoring three in 42nd place with a combined time of 2:09.03. Junior Chris Jacobs (Rochester, N.Y.) also skiied well in the GS, placing 46th overall with a total time of 2:10.74.
The Babson College men's alpine ski team recorded its best overall finish ever at the Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference (ECSC) Regional Championships at Waterville Valley on Sunday, as the Beavers placed fourth in the giant slalom to finish second overall. As a result, Babson advances to the United States Collegiate Ski Association (USCSA) National Championships for the fifth time in program history and the fourth time in the last five years. Sunday featured yet another spectacular performance by senior co-captain John Roche (Hingham, Mass.), who matched the best finish of his career by taking fourth overall with a total time of 2:13.16. As a result, he finished third overall in the combined standings, earning All-Region honors for the second straight year.
The Babson College men's alpine ski team completed day one of the Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference Regional Championships in spectacular fashion on Saturday, as the Beavers placed second out of 13 teams in the slalom event at Waterville Valley. Needing a top-six finish overall to advance to the USCSA National Championships, the Beavers now are in excellent position to not only record their best regional finish ever - surpassing last year's fourth-place performance - but also to secure the fifth national bid in program history and the fourth in the last five seasons.
The Babson College alpine ski teams finished their 2009 regular season at the BC/Brown Carnival at Wildcat on Saturday, where the men placed third overall and the women came in 10th. As a result, the men finished the year in fifth place in the final McConnell Division standings, and the women finished ninth. One day after officially locking up their sixth bid to the ECSC Championships in the last seven years, the men's team finished off another stellar season with a third-place finish thanks to four top-20 finishes. Leading the way was senior co-captain John Roche, who took sixth place in his final regular season race to finish eight in the final MacConnell Division individual standings. He was joined in the top 20 by first-year Max Winthrop, who recorded a career-best 15th-place finish, sophomore Keith Vella, who came in 16th, and senior co-captain Kevin Fusick, who followed in 17th. Sophomore Alexis Vest-Burton led the women's team with a 33rd-place effort on Saturday, while junior Tahira Adatia came in 52nd.
The Babson College men's alpine ski team secured a bid to the Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference (ECSC) Championships on Friday, as the Beavers used a stellar all-around effort to finish fourth in the giant slalom at the BC/Brown Carnival at Wildcat. It marks the second straight regional qualification for Babson, and is the program's sixth in the last seven years. Armed with a lineup loaded with talent and depth, the men's team locked up at least a fifth-place finish in the MacConnell Division standings thanks a trio of top-20 finishes. Junior Chris Jacobs (Rochester, N.Y.) and senior co-captain Kevin Fusick (North Granby, Conn.) tied for 16th overall with matching combined times of 2:00.05, while senior co-captain John Roche (Hingham, Mass.) was close behind in 18th place with a two-run total of 2:00.61. It marked the best finish of the season for Fusick, while Jacobs matched his career-best of 16th for the third time this season.
The Babson College alpine ski teams enjoyed a fantastic weekend at the MIT and UMass-Amherst Carnivals this weekend. In Saturdays giant slalom at Loon, the mens team matched its best finish since 2005 by placing third overall, while the women came in ninth. Then on Sunday, the men finished fifth overall and the women moved up to eighth in the slalom race at Pats Peak. As a result of this weekends performance, the mens team is on the verge of yet another ECSC Regional qualification. With at least a sixth-place finish in both the slalom and GS at next weekends BC/Brown Carnival, the Beavers would lock up their sixth trip to regionals in the last seven seasons.
The Babson College ski teams competed in the Plymouth State Carnival at Waterville Valley this weekend. The mens team recorded fifth-place finishes in both the slalom on Saturday and the giant slalom on Sunday, while the women placed 10th in both events. On Saturday, senior co-captains John Roche (Hingham, Mass.) and Kevin Fusick (North Granby, Conn.) led the Babson men, finishing 17th and 18th, respectively, in the slalom. First-year Alyssa Sullivan (Tiverton, R.I.) was the only Babson skier to place in the womens race, taking 37th overall. The Beavers then placed three men in the top 20 in Sundays giant slalom, as Roche finished 15th, Vella came in 18th, and Winthrop placed 19th. Sullivan once again paced the women with a 16th-place effort, while junior Tahira Adatia (Tacoma, Wash.) came in 59th.
Babson College senior co-captain John Roche (Hingham, Mass.) followed up Friday's brilliant ninth-place performance with another spectacular effort on Saturday, as he placed fourth overall in the slalom on day two of the UConn Carnival at Mount Cranmore. Thanks to Roche's second straight top-10 finish, the men's ski team finished fifth overall at the event. The fourth-place finish matched a career-best for Roche, who also placed fourth in the slalom portion of last year's ECSC Regional Championships at Waterville Valley. Also skiing well for Babson were junior Connor Lemenze (Stratton Mountain, Vt.), who finished 20th overall, junior Chris Jacobs (Rochester, N.Y.), who tied for 22nd, sophomore Keith Vella (Sussex, N.J.), who came in 24th, and sophomore Max Winthrop (Avon, Conn.), who placed 39th.
Senior co-captain John Roche (Hingham, Mass.) rebounded from last weekend's disappointing start with a vengeance on Friday, as he finished ninth overall in the slalom to lead the Babson College men's alpine ski team to a fifth-place finish on day one of the UConn Carnival at Mount Cranmore. Sophomore Alyssa Sullivan (Tiverton, R.I.) also cracked the top 10 with a career-best performance for the women, as she guided the Beavers to an eighth-place finish.
The Babson College alpine ski teams opened their 2009 season with back-to-back giant slalom races at the Colby-Sawyer Carnival at Mount Sunapee this weekend. The men's team placed fifth on Friday and fourth on Saturday to earn a fourth-place position in the current MacConnell Division standings, while the women stood in eighth place after finishing eighth on Friday and seventh on Saturday. In Saturday's men's event, junior Chris Jacobs (Rochester, N.Y.) and sophomore Keith Vella (Sussex, N.J.) paced the Beavers with career-best performances. Both men cracked the top 20 for the first time in their respective careers, with Jacobs placing 16th with a combined time of 1:46.10 and Vella following close behind in 19th with a total time of 1:46.87. On the women's side, sophomore Alexis Vest-Burton (Salt Lake City, Utah) led Babson with an outstanding 17th-place peformance, finishing with a combined time of 1:51.55.
The Babson College Athletics Department has named Clayton Reed its new head coach of men's and women's alpine skiing, Director of Athletics Josh MacArthur recently announced. Reed takes over after the departure of longtime coach Joe Harty. Reed recently graduated from Middlebury College, where he majored in Economics and minored in Environmental Studies. As a member of the Panthers' varsity ski team, he was named First Team All-East in 2005 and Second Team All-East in 2006. He also competed at the NCAA Championships in three straight seasons between 2005 and 2007. In addition to his competitive success, Reed has served as a coach and mentor at the Sugarbush Ski Club in Vermont and as a coach at the Win Alpine Summer Ski Camp in Mount Hood, Oregon.