Recruits to help Lady Flames rise up Eastern Sectional ranks
May 24, 2019 | Lynchburg, Va.
Liberty University's figure skating team concluded its 2018-19 season with a ninth-place overall standing following three Eastern Sectional competitions (one in Fall 2018 and two in the Spring 2019).
The Lady Flames have 10-15 potential recruits lined up for this fall who will build on a solid foundation of returning skaters.
"We have a great Eastern Section and a great program here in our section of the world, always growing, always getting more skaters to come to our program and preparing for the next season," Lady Flames Head Coach Dawn Harter said.
She and her team are eager to improve on their sectional showing next season and contend for a bid to compete at the United States Figure Skating Intercollegiate Nationals for the first time in mid-April.
"We are always looking to improve and always wanting to meet that qualifying (standard) of being top-four to go to nationals," Harter said.
"People are excited and motivated to push themselves and challenge themselves to do better," rising graduate student Megan Gonzalez added. "We've definitely accomplished something by finishing in the top 10 this year, but I know we can do a lot better. We have a lot of incoming skaters that have a lot of talent, so it should be an exciting year."
While they won't become official team members until after tryouts in September, incoming freshmen who have expressed interest in skating for the Lady Flames include two from Alabama — Claire Rivas, a Junior-level skater, and Sarah Jamieson, a Novice-level skater; Sophie Flatt, a Junior-level skater from South Carolina; Olivia Ford, a Junior-level skater with a dance background from West Virginia; Sara Phelps, a Juvenile-level skater with a dance background from New York; Marissa Harter, a Preliminary-level and dance skater from Lynchburg; Sarah Hicks, a Preliminary-level skater from China; Abi Bell, a Preliminary-level skater from Virginia; and Sarah Yoder, a High Beginner-level skater from Pennsylvania.
"All year long … even during the summer, we are always recruiting people coming through our doors wanting to looking at our program, asking questions about both synchro and figure skating," Harter said.