Men's Alpine Ski Wins First Slalom Title Behind All-American Performances from Blanchard, Henderson
BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson College men's alpine ski team grabbed two of the top three spots on the individual leaderboard and finished four one-hundredths of a second ahead of second-place Castleton to win the slalom for the first time in program history at the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships on March 9 at Whiteface Mountain.
The thrilling finish created a four-way tie atop the combined standings, which also takes into account the results of the giant slalom, between the Beavers, Castleton, Rocky Mountain and Sierra Nevada. Despite finishing fourth once the tiebreaker was applied, Babson still left Lake Placid, N.Y., with its second top-five showing since 2013 at the national championships.
Sophomores Jack Blanchard (Dover, Mass.) came in second overall and classmate MacIntyre Henderson (Park City, Utah) finished fifth for the Beavers. Fellow sophomore Sean Robinson (Reno, Nev.) moved up seven spots in his second run of the day to place 13th, giving the squad three All-America awards. In addition to their success in the slalom, Blanchard and Henderson each walked away from the championships with three All-America honors apiece. Blanchard placed fourth in the GS and second in the combined standings, while Henderson came in sixth in the giant slalom and third overall.