Figure Skating Dominates at Bronco Challenge Cup

Second season for the team wins a first-place finish in Kalamazoo challenge.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Adrian College’s intercollegiate skating team earned 102 points for a first-place finish at the 2013 Bronco Challenge Cup, Saturday (10/26) in Kalamazoo, Michigan. In earning the victory, the Bulldogs bested Michigan (80), Miami-Ohio (47), Oakland (42), Indiana (38), Western Michigan (38), Michigan State (25), Bowling Green (21), Wisconsin (13), Northern Michigan (12), Kent State (6) and IUPU Fort-Wayne (4).

“Our team is more well-rounded than ever,” head coach Ashley Carlson explained.  “Every skater on our team has the potential to win their respective events.  We are confident in our strategy and training plan for the season.”  

The highlight of Saturday’s event was a first-place finish in the following thirteen events: Preliminary Dance (Casey Josz), Juvenile Dance (Meghan Barnes), Intermediate Dance (Kristina Saeli), Junior Dance (Frankie Petrie), Senior Dance (India Johnson), International Dance (Tricia DeFelice), Intermediate Short (Demi Russo), Intermediate Freeskate Group A and B (Alyssa Bremner, Demi Russo), Junior Championship Freeskate (India Johnson), Senior Freeskate (Tricia DeFelice), Low Team Maneuver, and Intermediate Team Maneuver.

High point-earners for the team were India Johnson (16) and Tricia DeFelice (20). 

After much success in its inaugural season (‘12-‘13), the team was officially added to the list of varsity athletic programs at Adrian.  “We are really enjoying our first season as a varsity sport,” senior co-captain Meghan Barnes said. “Intercollegiate skating is becoming more and more popular around the country, and we take pride in being trailblazers as the first college to offer both synchronized skating and intercollegiate team skating at the varsity level.”  

The team looks to make a repeat appearance at the U.S. Intercollegiate Team Skating Championships in April, hosted at Arrington Ice Arena. The three colleges with the most points throughout the season in each conference (Eastern, Midwestern, and Pacific Coast) are invited to compete at the U.S. Intercollegiate Team Skating Championships. With Saturday’s victory, Adrian is currently in first place in the Midwestern division with two competitions left in the season. 

Stay tuned for results from the Maize and Blue Matchup, the next event in the Midwestern conference, on February 8-9, at Yost Ice Arena (Ann Arbor, Michigan).