Women's Alpine Skiing

6 National Championship Appearances | 13 USCSA Regional Appearances

Program History

Overview
The alpine ski program is one of the most deeply-rooted at Babson. During its existence, the men's team has won 12 division titles, advanced to the regionals 25 times, made 10 USCSA national appearances, and had one NCAA individual national qualifier. The women's squad has won five division titles, qualified for the regionals on nine occasions, and made trips three to nationals. In addition, the programs have combined to earn a total of 22 All-American awards as well as numerous All-Conference and All-East honors.

Women's Skiing History
The first season of varsity intercollegiate competition for the Babson women's ski team was in 1982-83, when the squad finished third out of five teams in the Thomson Division. The Beavers were led in their inaugural campaign by All-East honoree Lynn Cooper and All-East Honorable Mention selection Virginia "Ginny" Moisen. The following year, Cooper and Moisen both qualified for regionals and earned All-East honors, with Cooper's 10th-place finish in the slalom being the highest regional event finish for a female in Thomson Division history and Moisen's results of 16th in the GS and 13th in the slalom giving her the best two-day score of any Thomson Division woman that season. Cooper later capped off her stellar career by earning her third straight All-East nod and winning the Steve Delaney Award for contributions by a senior skier to their team and the league in 1984-85.

Just five years into their program history the Babson women had already garnered national recognition, as the team was ranked as high as 14th in the country while claiming their first Thomson Division title in 1986-87. The Beavers were paced by junior transfer and future Athletics Hall of Famer Anne Sarich (Bracy) '89, who not only finished first in the Thomson Division's individual standings, but qualified for Nationals and became the program's first female All-American in both the GS and slalom. That set up an incredible senior season for Sarich, who won all 10 of her regular season races, won her second straight individual league title, garnered All-East honors, and qualified for Nationals for the second straight year in 1987-88. As a result, the Babson women won their second straight Thomson Division title and were ranked as high as 17th in the NCSA national poll that winter.

In 1989-90, the Beavers won the first of what would prove to be three consecutive league championships. This brilliant stretch also inlcuded a landmark season in 1990-91, when the squad qualified for the USCSA National Championships as a team - marking the first national bid for a women's program in Babson Athletics history - and finished 12th overall. Then in 1991-92, Essie Doilney claimed the first of two straight Thomson Division individual titles while also qualifying for nationals, where she matched Sarich's achievement of earning All-American honors in both the slalom and GS events.

In 1994-95, Babson welcomed a first-year skier named Michele Steinrotter (Loftus) '98 to its campus. Over the course of the next four years, this future Athletics Hall of Famer would establish herself as the most decorated performer in program history, earning five All-American awards - the most of any skier in Babson history at the time and since matched only by men's star Carson Thurber**. In her freshman season, the Babson women qualified for both the Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference (ECSC) Eastern Championships, where they placed fifth, and the NCAA Eastern Championships, where they placed 10th. The following winter, Steinrotter finished second overall at regionals, which helped the team qualify for the USCSA National Championships for the second time in its history. The Beavers finished 10th overall at nationals, with Steinrotter collecting All-America Second Team honors in the slalom and GS en route to a sixth-place finish among individuals.

After winning the individual league title again in 1996-97, Steinrotter once again helped her team qualify for the USCSA National Championships that winter, where they placed 13th overall. Thanks to her 10th-place effort in the GS, Steinrotter also secured her third All-America Second Team award. The Beavers' superstar then capped off her amazing career with a magnificent senior season in 1997-98, as she qualified for and placed fourth overall at the ECSC Eastern Championships and then quaflied for both the NCAA Regional Championships and the USCSA National Championships. At nationals, Steinrotter claimed All-America First Team honors by finishing fourth in the slalom and GS competitions, resulting in a fourth-place finish in the combined standings. She was named Babson's Senior Athlete of the Year later that spring.

Although the women's ski program hasn't produced any national-qualifying teams or individuals since Steinrotter's departure, the squad has continued to enjoy success on the slopes. In 2004-05, Margaret Schlachter qualified for the EISA Regional Championships at Middlebury, where she single-handedly placed Babson 16th in the overall team standings. In 2011-12, the Beavers finished seventh in the final MacConnell Division standings, thanks in part to a fifth-place showing in the slalom in the final event of the regular season - the team's best event finish in over a decade.

** The USCSA didn't begin awarding All-America honors for the Combined competition until the early-to-mid 2000s. Had the award existed during her career, Steinrotter would have had at least two more All-American honors for her combined finishes at nationals. As it stands, she remains the only skier in school history to have earned All-American honors in five separate events, with Thurber having garnered All-America status in four events and one in the combined competition.

Record Book

Yearly History

Awards

All-America
Regional Awards
Conference Awards

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