BABSON PARK, Mass.—Following a second consecutive top-five finish at nationals last winter, the Babson College women's alpine ski team will look to continue its rise to regional and national prominence in 2018.
Under the direction of then-first-year head coach Sam Bensley, the Beavers finished second in the MacConnell Division standings last winter, which marked the program's best league finish since 1992. The Green and White also came in third at the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) regional championships and tied for fifth at nationals on the heels of a fourth-place showing in 2016.
Babson's senior class of Tatum Alkier (Collingwood, Ontario), Alexis Kane (North Syracuse, N.Y.) and Michelle Martin (Belmont, Mass.) has been an integral part of one of the best three-year runs in program history. Martin earned All-MacConnell Division and All-America honors in 2016, and posted eight top-10 finishes last winter. Kane owns six top-30 results and has completed 18 of 21 races in her career.
CHANCE TO MAKE HISTORY
Alkier enters the season as one of just two skiers in program history to win five All-America awards. After claiming a pair of accolades at the USCSA National Championships in 2015, she earned All-America laurels in the slalom, GS and the combined standings at Mount Bachelor in Bend, Ore., last March.
BUILDING ON LAST YEAR
Sophomore Elizabeth Baer (Salt Lake City, Utah) put together a tremendous first-year campaign that featured eight top-eight finishes in MacConnell Division competition and top-five results in the slalom, the GS and the combined standings at regionals. She capped her rookie campaign by earning All-America honors in the combined standings at the USCSA National Championships in March.
MORE STRONG FINISHES
Juniors Teagan Mosenthal (Campton, N.H.), who earned three All-America awards in 2016, and Olivia Burwell (Manchester Center, Vt.) are both looking to the success of their first two seasons this winter. Mosenthal posted eight top-20 finishes and came in 14th overall at the USCSA regional championships, while Burwell owns eight top-25 finishes over her first two seasons and came in 18th in the slalom at regionals last year.
MACCONNELL DIVISION SLATE
The Green and White will compete six different venues during the regular season, including Okemo Mountain to open the season and both West Mountain and Whiteface Mountain in New York. West Mountain will host the USCSA Eastern Regional Championships in late February, while Babson hopes to make an 11th straight trip to nationals, which will be held at Whiteface in March.