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Figure skaters shine at Eastern Sectional event at LaHaye

February 29, 2016  |  Lynchburg, Va. 

Lady Flames freshman Cheyenne Peterson skates as part of the fifth-place Intermediate Team Maneuvers foursome on Sunday. test test test test
Lady Flames freshman Cheyenne Peterson skates as part of the fifth-place Intermediate Team Maneuvers foursome on Sunday.

Liberty University's figure skating team placed sixth out of 16 teams with 29 points at this weekend's U.S. Figure Skating Intercollegiate Eastern Sectional competition, held for the sixth time in the past seven years at the LaHaye Ice Center.

The Lady Flames landed a first-place performance from freshman Sibylle Harter in Group A of Juvenile Ladies, a second-place showing from Laura Gordon in Pre-Juvenile Ladies, and third-place finishes from freshman Katherine Thacker (International Dance), graduate Shelby Locklear (Intermediate Long Program), and their Low Team Maneuvers team of Gordon, Harter, and freshman Megan Gonzalez.

Sophomore Cheyenne Peterson placed fourth in both the Novice Short Program and the Novice Free Skate and Harter also placed fourth in the Intermediate Short Program and fourth in Preliminary Dance.

Lady Flames freshman Katherine Thacker placed third in International Dance and skated on the fifth-place Intermediate Team Maneuvers quartet.

"Sibylle has come a long way and has moved up several levels this year," Liberty Head Coach Jamie Swyers said. "She successfully skated a new short program with several very difficult elements and her outstanding and near flawless long program was one of my highlights from the weekend. The judges obviously agreed and unanimously gave her first place."

Another highlight was Thacker's routine in International Dance, the highest level a skater can compete in dance.

"Katherine Thacker skated the incredibly difficult Silver Samba dance," Swyers said. "This was her first time competing at this level and we were proud of how well she performed."

Liberty's Intermediate Team Maneuvers quartet of Peterson, Thacker, Locklear, and junior Emily Hautbois finished fifth, as did senior Ana Stegner in her group of Preliminary Ladies.

"This event was a learning experience for the team," Swyers said. "We did some great things this weekend and came away with a better understanding of where we can improve."

She said the weekend competition was a success, with coaches and competitors complimenting the renovations that improved rink access and expanded locker rooms and amenities.

The Lady Flames will compete in their third and final Eastern Sectional event, March 12-13 at SUNY Geneseo in New York.

Figure Skating Links
Schedule
Results
Oct 18, 11:30 AM - Lahaye Ice Center
Figure Skating vs. Tryouts
DAYS
HOURS
MINS
SECS
Figure Skating
vs. Tryouts
Oct 18, 11:30 AM - Lahaye Ice Center

Figure Skating
vs. Liberty Classic Intercollegiate competition
Feb 13, 8:00 AM - Lahaye Ice Center

Figure Skating
vs. Liberty Classic Intercollegiate competition
Feb 14, 8:00 AM - Lahaye Ice Center

Figure Skating
at Penn State Intercollegiate Competition
Mar 6, 8:00 AM - State College, PA

Figure Skating
at Penn State Intercollegiate Competition
Mar 7, 8:00 AM - State College, PA

Full Schedule

Apr 25
Figure Skating
vs. Praisefest
CANCELLED

Mar 27
Figure Skating
at Intercollegiate Championship
CANCELLED

Mar 8
Figure Skating
at University of Delaware Intercollegiate Competition
2nd place finish

Feb 15
Figure Skating
vs. LU Classic Intercollegiate Competition
2nd Place Finish

Nov 4
Figure Skating
at NYU
8th - Team Finish

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