Figure skaters in Florida for first competition of 2022-23 season
Liberty University’s figure skating team will open its 2022-23 competitive season this Saturday and Sunday at the Intercollegiate Skating Classic hosted by the University of South Florida in Wesley Chapel, Fla.
The skaters have been sharpening their routines since arriving in August and are excited to showcase their graceful technique on ice in preparation for their Southeast Sectional events at the University of Delaware and Mercyhurst (Pa.) University in March. The top four teams in the combined standings from those competitions will advance to the United States Collegiate Figure Skating National Championships hosted by UCLA in mid-April.
“This year, we have a lot of good incoming freshmen,” Lady Flames senior Marissa Harter said. “They’re really working hard, I’m really proud of them. They’re on the ice every Tuesday and Thursday and we’re just killing it.”
Last season, the team qualified for nationals for the second time and placed eighth out of 16 teams at the event held in Adrian, Mich.
“We’re really looking forward to getting the season kicked off to build up momentum for the spring semester and ultimately to make it to nationals in California,” sophomore Emma Richards said, noting that the camaraderie on this season’s squad is encouraging and uplifting. “We really focus on team bonding. Even though we are all out on the ice separately, we want to be one united front and we want to be together, not only as athletes, but as sisters in Christ. It’s a cool opportunity to show other teams what that looks like, to be united and to be focused on the Gospel.”
Harter, daughter of Head Coach Dawn Harter, is hoping to end her career at Liberty on a positive note.
“Since this is my last year, I’m really not taking anything for granted and just really appreciating everything I am able to experience with these girls, and just making lasting relationships, even with the freshmen, making sure that they feel welcomed and included and creating a good team culture that will be able to carry on … when all the seniors are gone,” she said. “Since we have a large graduating class, it will be good to know that we are leaving it in good hands.”
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