Figure skaters land 10th-place showing at MIT Sectional
February 3, 2019 | Cambridge, Mass.
Liberty University's figure skating team featured four top-three individual finishers and a third-place Intermediate Team Maneuvers foursome at Saturday's and Sunday's Eastern Sectional competition hosted by MIT.
Hannah Walker finished runner-up in Excel High Beginner division, as did fellow junior Haley Gram in the Excel Juvenile Plus class and freshman Aviana Dettmer in the Excel Pre-Juvenile Plus competition. Senior Catherine Bredshall placed third in the Junior Pattern Dance competition and Intermediate Team Maneuvers. Freshman Abbie Steelman, sophomore Emily Wilson, junior Jordan Robinson, and senior Katherine Thacker combined for a third-place showing out of 12 teams.
|Liberty's Intermediate Team Maneuvers foursome of Emily Wilson, Abbie Steelman, Katherine Thacker, and Jordan Robinson finished third out of 12 entries.|
Also for the Lady Flames, sophomore Alaina Baker finished fourth in the Excel High Beginner division, Steelman finished fifth in her Intermediate short program, and junior Sarah Embry finished fifth in Excel High Beginner. Liberty's Low Team Maneuvers quintet of Gram, Bredshaw, Dettmer, sophomore Hannah Pulley, and junior Christa Lesher came in sixth out of 15 teams.
Lesher also placed sixth in Excel Pre-Preliminary, freshman Abigail Judson took seventh in the Excel Preliminary event, senior LeAnn Fung landed a seventh-place Excel Intermediate showing, Thacker came in eighth in Gold Pattern Dance and 11th in International Pattern Dance, and Pulley placed ninth in Excel Preliminary.
"I was pleased with everybody's performances," Lady Flames Head Coach Dawn Harter said. "They skated well for all the things that they had to deal with."
Due to limited ice time, officials cut 10 starts from each team and Liberty also had a couple injuries. Sophomore Angela Boscher, who won her Novice freeskate event at Liberty's fall sectional competition hosted by New York University in early November, was forced to withdraw from her three events due to injury, leaving the Lady Flames with only 17 out of a possible 20 starts.
The Lady Flames placed 10th out of 32 teams in the competition, with the top four remaining the same from the fall sectional event at NYU — Boston University (113), Delaware (104), Dartmouth (100), and Sacred Heart (91). They were followed by NYU (71), Penn State (65), Virginia (61), Connecticut (59), and Carnegie Mellon (51.5).
The third and final Eastern Sectional competition of the season is set for March 2-3 at Penn State. Only the top four teams in the overall standings advance to the April 12-14 U.S. Figure Skating Collegiate National Championships at Delaware.