Figure skaters debut with sixth-place team showing at MIT
February 5, 2017 | Cambridge, Mass.
Balanced performances helped Liberty University's figure skating team to place sixth out of 30 teams represented at last weekend's first of three Eastern Sectional Intercollegiate Figure Skating competition, hosted by MIT at the Johnson Athletic Center Ice Arena in Cambridge, Mass.
The Lady Flames' 13 skaters accumulated 34 points to place just two points behind fifth-place Sacred Heart and four behind Connecticut. Boston, Delaware, and Dartmouth finished first through third, respectively.
In Saturday's preliminary dance competition, Liberty freshman Kimberly Joe finished first and sophomore co-captain Sibylle Harter placed sixth out of 11 skaters in their group, dancing to a Canasta Tango.
Sophomore co-captain Cami Burkhardt also placed first out of eight competitors in the Junior dance category, skated to the Rocker Foxtrot.
Freshman Emily Scherreik placed fifth out of six skaters in the Intermediate dance competition, skating to the Willow Waltz, and sophomore Katherine Thacker placed fifth out of eight skaters in the Gold dance division to an Argentine Tango selection.
In free skate events held Saturday afternoon, junior Avery Campbell placed first out of 10 Preliminary competitors in her first time competing after training with the Lady Flames' developmental team last year. Meanwhile, freshman Gerandine Zape placed fifth out of 11 skaters in her group.
Scherreik finished third out of 11 competitors in her Junior free skate while junior Cheyenne Peterson pulled a muscle that relegated her to 10th place out of 11 skaters in her group.
Sophomore Cami Burkhardt finished fourth out of nine competitors in the Senior free skate.
Liberty's other Senior-level skater, freshman Chelsea Henry, was hampered by a knee injury that prevented her from skating to her maximum ability and she placed ninth in her group.
Liberty will host the next Eastern Sectional Intercollegiate competition March 4-5 at the LaHaye Ice Center, when the team plans to have 33 starts out of a maximum 35.