Figure skaters shine with silver medal at Eastern Sectionals
February 16, 2020 | Lynchburg, Va.
Liberty University's figure skating team hosted the season's first Eastern Sectional South Division competition over the weekend at the LaHaye Ice Center and turned in a record-setting performance. The Lady Flames scored 123 points to finish runner-up to Delaware (169) and ahead of bronze medalist Penn State (94) and Carnegie Mellon (93).
"They did an excellent job," Head Coach Dawn Harter said. "They were highly competitive and had a strong mindset. We were able to fill all 30 of our starts and that helped."
Junior Angela Bosher competed in five events and scored 17 team points in the two-day competition, placing second in both Solo Dance Tango and Pre-Silver Solo Dance, third in Excel Junior Ladies Free Skating, and fourth with her Novice short program and in Intermediate Team Maneuvers. She was joined on that team by sophomore Abbie Steelman, who also placed second in Excel Intermediate Free Skating and third in the Intermediate short program to total 11 team points, and junior Emily Wilson, who also placed third in Silver Solo Dance.
"Our team is ecstatic with how we skated," said Lady Flames senior Haley Gram, who placed second in Excel Juvenile Plus Free Skating, fifth in her group of the Preliminary Solo Dutch Waltz Dance, and joined seniors Kimberly Joe and Christa Lesher and freshmen Marissa Harter and Sarah Hicks on the silver-medal-winning Intermediate Team Maneuvers team. "It was a personal best for all of us. We set a team record and beat our goal of 100 points, placing second overall out of 20 teams in our section."
|Lady Flames senior Hannah Walker placed fourth in Excel Pre-preliminary Free Skating.|
Marissa Harter also won a gold medal in her group of Preliminary Solo Dutch Waltz Dance and placed second in Excel Preliminary Free Skating with Hicks placing third in that event.
Additionally, Kaitlin Malayev finished second in Bronze Solo Hickory Hoedown Dance and third in Pre-Bronze Solo Fiesta Tango Dance; senior Jill Holste won her group of Preliminary Solo Dutch Waltz Dance and placed fourth in Pre-Bronze Solo Fiesta Tango Dance; senior Chelsea Henry finished fourth in her Senior short program and fifth in her group of Excel Senior Free Skating; senior Sarah Embry struck silver in Excel High beginner Free Skating; senior Hannah Walker finished fourth in Excel Pre-preliminary Free Skating; junior Aviana Dettmer placed second in Excel Pre-Juvenile Free Skating; sophomore Abigail Judson finished fourth in Intermediate Solo Free Dance; junior Hope Lassiter took fourth in her group of Gold Solo Argentine Tango Dance and sixth in Senior Solo Free Dance; and freshman Claire Rivas came in sixth in her group of Senior Ladies Free Skating.
|Junior Aviana Dettmer placed second in Excel Pre-Juvenile Free Skating.|
"I am very elated for the girls on the team," Dawn Harter said. "They have worked very hard and remained dedicated throughout the fall semester ... waiting for this first competition to take place. This is the best we have done, not only point-wise, but with competitive energy. I am so very proud of their accomplishments."
The Lady Flames will next compete at final Eastern Sectional meet set for March 6-7 at Delaware.