Figure skaters land fifth-place finish at Delaware sectional
March 19, 2017 | Newark, Del.
Despite taking only 10 skaters to this past weekend's third and final U.S. Figure Skating Eastern Sectional Intercollegiate Competition, due to conflicts over spring break, Liberty University's figure skating team finished fifth out of 21 teams, and wound up in fourth place in the overall season standings.
Host Delaware won the weekend event, held at its Fred Rust Arena, with 138 points, followed by Boston (133 points), Dartmouth (94), Sacred Heart (43), and Liberty (39). The Lady Flames, who placed sixth in the season's first event at MIT and fourth at this month's second competition, which they hosted at the LaHaye Ice Center, matched their fifth-place finish from last season's final meet, hosted by SUNY Geneseo.
The top three teams in the final standings — Boston, Delaware, and Dartmouth — qualified for the April 1-2 U.S. Figure Skating Intercollegiate Championships, in Oxford, Ohio.
Liberty was led by sophomore Cami Burkhardt, who scored 11 points with her first-place finish out of six contestants in the Senior free skate and second-place showing out of 12 skaters in the short program as well as a fourth-place performance out of seven competitors in Junior solo dance.
|Lady Flames Senior-level skater Cami Burkhardt took gold in her freeskate, silver in her short program.|
"She had an amazing free skate," Liberty Head Coach Dawn Harter said.
Liberty's Intermediate team maneuvers trio of freshman Novice Jordan Robinson, sophomore Juvenile Katherine Thacker, and sophomore Junior skater Cheyenne Peterson placed second out of 10 teams led by Peterson's combination jumps, including a double loop.
Robinson placed second in her Novice short program and fourth in her long program while Peterson finished fourth in her Junior free skate. Thacker skated her Juvenile program for the first time and placed second in the free skate.
Liberty's Low Team Maneuvers team came in sixth out of 12 teams. Junior Rachel Yingling placed second in her Pre-preliminary freeskate and junior Avery Campbell finished fourth in her Preliminary freeskate. Senior Leah Cowan and Rebekah Hicks, who finished fourth and sixth, respectively, in their Pre-Juvenile freeskates. Freshman Kimberly Joe took second in her Juvenile program.
"They did an outstanding job, and are definitely getting stronger as skaters, both physically and mentally," Harter said.
On Friday afternoon, the team had an opportunity to grow spiritually, serving at and sharing testimonies with at-risk youth ages 6-10 through Urban Promise, an after-school ministry based in downtown Wilmington, Del., led by former Flames football player Josh Gregor ('09).