HANOVER, N.H. – Adrian College’s intercollegiate skating team earned 36 points for a fifth-place finish at the 2013 U.S. Intercollegiate Championships on Sunday, April 14th at Dartmouth College. The championships featured the top nine collegiate figure skating teams in the country. The three colleges with the most points throughout the season in each conferences (Eastern, Midwestern, and Pacific Coast) were invited to compete at the event. With Sunday’s fifth-place finish, Adrian College is now ranked fifth out of forty-eight colleges in the United States.
Adrian College entered the U.S. Championships as the Midwestern Conference Champion, after a Cinderella-story regular season. According to Head Coach Ashley Carlson, “I formed this team in September as a fun outlet for our synchronized skaters to continue working on their individual skating. I wanted to give my team an opportunity to participate in intercollegiate figure skating, because I enjoyed it so much as an undergraduate at Miami University. I never imagined that we would walk away from this season as Midwestern Conference Champions and fifth in the entire country.”
U.S. Figure Skating considers Intercollegiate Skating one of the fastest-growing aspects of collegiate figure skating, as it provides a means for collegiate clubs to compete head-to-head in free skating, ice dancing and synchronized team skating. Skaters compete individually in free skate programs, solo dance, and/or as part of a team in the team maneuvers to accumulate points for their school.
The highlight of the competition was a first-place finish in the following events: Juvenile Freeskate (Brittan Mariage), Intermediate Freeskate (Demi Russo) and Senior Freeskate (Tricia DeFelice). “Adrian College now has three national champions in figure skating!” coach Carlson beamed. “My phone has been ringing off the hook with congratulatory messages. I am very proud of everything my team has accomplished this year.”
At the event’s conclusion, the team was invited onto the ice to take pictures with the competition’s top three finishers, University of Delaware, Dartmouth College and Boston University. “All of the teams were so supportive of each other. The camaraderie at this competition was unlike anything I have ever experienced as a competitor,” co-captain Meghan Barnes explained. “Representatives from U.S. Figure Skating also said we had the best team spirit!”
University of Delaware took the event with 98 points, followed by Dartmouth (93), Boston University (84), California-Berkley (59), Adrian (36), UCLA (33), Miami (29), Denver (12), and Michigan (9). Adrian, Dartmouth and Denver were the Conference Champions of the Midwest, Eastern, and Pacific Coast, respectively.
Adrian College looks to improve upon its national placement next year with the addition of incoming skaters at the Junior and Senior level in freestyle and solo dance.