Lady Flames stake first gold in Intermediate Team Maneuvers
March 1, 2015 | Lynchburg, Va.
Liberty University's figure skating team turned in a few fantastic individual performances and its Intermediate Team Maneuvers trio of Fantasia Remonvil, Emily Hautbois, and Shelby Locklear finished first out of eight teams at the fifth annual Intercollegiate Competition, Saturday and Sunday at the LaHaye Ice Center.
The Lady Flames had the opportunity to host the final Club Sports event at LaHaye before the arena's 10-month renovation starting March 15.
Though it didn't qualify for the April 10-12 U.S. Figure Skating Intercollegiate Nationals with a top-three team finish, Liberty did make history with its Intermediate Team Maneuvers squad, outscoring teams from Boston and Towson universities, among others.
"We were so excited," Lady Flames Head Coach Tatiana Payne said. "I did not expect that and all of the other teams were really happy for us as well because that's our first time ever getting a gold medal in intercollegiate competition. As the coach, I was so pleased to see the girls' hard work finally pay off."
Delaware, which ranked first in the Eastern Section going into this past weekend's competition, solidified its standing with a first-place team finish. The Blue Hens were followed by Boston, Dartmouth, Sacred Heart, Connecticut, and East Carolina University in the sectional event that featured 13 schools. Liberty placed eighth, ahead of Rutgers, Virginia, Penn State University, and the College of Charleston.
|Emily Hautbois was fourth in Intermediate free skate and joined Remonvil and Shelby Locklear in Intermediate Team Maneuvers.|
Remonvil, a junior who tested to move up from Novice to the Junior level following Sunday's competition, placed fourth out of 10 skaters in the Novice short program and fourth out of nine in the Novice free skate on Saturday. Hautbois finished fourth out of five participants in Group A of the Intermediate free skate and Locklear came in sixth out of six in Group B.
"Fantasia skated well," Payne said. "She had a really strong showing this weekend."
In the Team Maneuvers competition, in which teams were judged on a series of six individual maneuvers, Remonvil executed a back camel spin and a double toe loop.
"It was definitely thrilling and very rewarding," Remonvil said. "Individually, I did a lot of things I thought I couldn't think I could do, so I'm very excited about it."
Liberty senior captain Kelly Pollock placed fifth out of eight skaters in Group B of Preliminary Solo Dance, Saturday's opening event, before taking sixth in Group B of the Senior free skating session on Sunday morning.
In the Pre-Juvenile free skate, Liberty sophomores Marie DeFosse and Rebekah Hicks placed eighth and 10th, respectively. Liberty's Low Team Maneuvers trio of DeFosse, Hicks, and sophomore Rebekah Leahy took fifth out of nine teams.
The Lady Flames, who competed in the first Eastern Sectional event Feb. 7-8 in Massachusetts, will travel to the third and final sectional competition March 21-22 hosted by Delaware at the Fred Rust Arena in Newark, Del.
Images by Joel Coleman, Ty Hester, and Jessie Rogers/Liberty University