Best of Babson Athletics 2016-17: Moment #14

Best of Babson Athletics 2016-17: Moment #14

BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson College alpine ski teams combined to earn eight All-America awards, including three apiece by junior Tatum Alkier (Collingwood, Ontario) and first-year MacIntyre Henderson (Park City, Utah), as the women tied for fifth and the men came in sixth at the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships at Mount Bachelor in Bend, Ore.

Making his national championships debut, Henderson came in sixth in the slalom and 12th in the giant slalom, and earned his third All-America award of the week by finishing fifth in the combined standings. His fifth-place showing also was the best by a Babson male skier since at least 2005. Classmate Douglas DeLuca (Holderness, N.H.) capped a terrific rookie season with a major award of his own as he earned the first All-America honor of his career, finishing 14th overall after top-20 results in both the slalom and the GS.

Following a pair of top-10 finishes in the slalom and combined standings back in 2015, Alkier joined Michele Steinrotter '98 as the only females in program history to earn five All-America honors with a strong showing at Mount Bachelor back in March. She came in 12th in the slalom and 15th in the GS which helped her finish 10th in the overall combined standings.

In addition to Alkier's success, first-year Elizabeth Baer (Salt Lake City, Utah) narrowly missed out on All-America honors in both events, but collected the first award of her career by placing 12th in the combined standings.

The individual and team success was a fitting end to another strong campaign for the Beavers, who sent both squads to nationals in the same season for just the second time in school history. The men won their third USCSA Eastern Regional title since 2013 and finished second in the MacConnell Division standings for the fourth time in five years. The Babson women, who came in fourth in their first national championship appearance since 1997 last winter, posted a second consecutive top-five finish after recording its best league finish (second) since coming in first back in 1992.

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