BABSON PARK, Mass.—Coming off a winter that included strong individual and team performances culminating with a return trip to the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association (USCSA) National Championships, the Babson College men's and women's alpine ski teams will look to continue their tradition of success in 2020.
Under the direction of head coach Joe Harty, now in the second year of his fourth stint leading the program, the Babson women reached the USCSA National Championships for the fourth straight winter and recorded their fourth consecutive top-five finish with a tie for fourth place. In addition to their success on the national stage, the Beavers have finished no worse than third at regionals or in the MacConnell Division regular season standings since 2016.
TWELVE AND COUNTING...
One season after finishing first in the slalom and coming within a tiebreaker of capturing the program's first USCSA national championship, the Babson men made their 12th consecutive appearance at nationals in 2019. The Green and White's 10th-place showing marked the eighth consecutive season it has finished inside the top 10 at nationals.
ONE LAST RUN
Senior Elizabeth Baer (Salt Lake City, Utah) recorded her third consecutive top-10 finish in the MacConnell Division standings last winter, and enters the final season of her career having already won four All-America awards at the USCSA National Championships. She owns a pair of wins and has posted 20 top-five finishes in 43 career races over her first three years at Babson.
The senior duo of Jack Blanchard (Dover, Mass.) and MacIntyre Henderson (Park City, Utah) enter the year as not only two of the top skiers in the country, but two of the best in in program history. One of just two six-time All-American's in school history, Henderson became the Beavers' first MacConnell Division Skier of the Year since 2014 last winter after finishing third and fourth, respectively, in his first two seasons on campus. Blanchard, who came in third in the league standings after finishing as the runner-up in 2018, has earned four All-America accolades and has finished second and fourth in the slalom at the last two national championships. Henderson and Blanchard have combined for seven individual race victories and 23 top-three finishes over the last two years.
NOW FOR THE ENCORE
Junior Sarah Mangiacotti (South Londonderry, Vt.) put together a terrific debut season at Babson that included earning All-America honors in the slalom, giant slalom and combined standings at nationals. She recorded one victory, two podium finishes and eight top-seven results on the year while placing third in the MacConnell Division standings.
Seniors Sean Robinson (Reno, Nev.) and Eli Wolfson (Woodland Hills, Calif.) combined to complete two runs in 24 of 26 races last winter. Robinson, a three-time All-MacConnell Division honoree after placing ninth in last year's standings, boasts 14 career top-10 results for the Beavers. Wolfson has posted 11 top-25 finishes over the last two winters and placed 27th in the league standings in 2019.
The sophomore duo of Julia Martin (Belmont, Mass.) and Kendall Sargis (Duxbury, Mass.) both enter the winter looking to build on strong 2019 results. Martin recorded four top-10 finishes and earned All-MacConnell Division honors after placing 15th in the league standings. Sargis posted four top-40 results and registered her top finish of the season (26th) in the giant slalom at Whiteface Mountain last January.
After recording a pair of top-10 finishes over the first three weekends of the regular season, sophomore Victor Wiacek (Douglaston, N.Y.) suffered a season-ending injury in early February at West Mountain. He is set to return to the slopes when the season gets underway.
FAMILIAR STOPS ON THE SCHEDULE
The five-weekend MacConnell Division schedule once against includes stops at Proctor Ski Area in New Hampshire and both Whiteface Mountain and West Mountain in New York. The Beavers will also compete at Pat's Peak for the first time since 2018, Mount Sunapee for the first time since 2016, and Wildcat Mountain for the first time since 2011.
THE ROAD TO NATIONALS
The USCSA Eastern Regional Championships return to Sugarloaf in Carrabassett Valley, Maine, for the second season in a row in late February. Should Babson finish in the top five it would qualify for the national championships and a return trip to Whiteface in Lake Placid, N.Y