In 2018, the Boston College ski team qualified its first athlete in program history for NCAA nationals. Things have progressed quite a bit since.
Over the past four seasons, BC’s ski team has sent seven more athletes to NCAA nationals. Last season, the Eagles even qualified their first freshman, Chiara Maria Ferrari, for the NCAA championship in Park City, Utah.
Ferrari, who earned a 27th-place finish in her NCAA skiing championship debut, also finished seventh overall in giant slalom at the Middlebury Carnival. She was only the third Eagle, male or female, to earn a bid during a season in which all Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association schools competed.
The fact that Ferrari is returning for the 2023 season is one reason for the Eagles to be excited about this upcoming campaign. The other reason is the $1.25 million gift the school received in July from 1971 graduate James Maher, a donation made in order to endow a full-time head coaching position for the BC skiing program.