McFARLAND, Wis. – Adrian College's intercollegiate figure skating team earned 131 points for a first-place finish at the 2017 Skate on Wisconsin hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison on Saturday and Sunday.
The Bulldogs had a commanding lead over 18 teams during the entire event. Miami-Ohio finished second with 74.5 points, followed by Michigan (58), Wisconsin (37.5), Northern Michigan (29), Minnesota-Duluth (26.5), Minnesota (25), Northern Illinois (24), Washington--St. Louis (20), Michigan State (18), Oakland (18), Ohio State (17.5), Bowling Green (14), Ferris State (14), Marquette (12), Winona State (6), Notre Dame (5) and Wisconsin—Eau Claire (0).
As a result of Sunday's victory, Adrian has clinched its fifth consecutive Midwestern Conference title, with Miami and Michigan finishing in second and third place, respectively. This marks the 14th consecutive Midwestern competition that the Bulldogs have claimed the top spot.
Highlights of the event were first-place finishes by the Bulldogs in the following events: Junior Short (Czuhajewski), Preliminary freeskate (Bittorf), Pre-Juvenile Freeskate (Hipp), Juvenile Freeskate (Athy), Intermediate Freeskate (Arntsen), Junior Freeskate (Labrenz), Junior Championship Freeskate (Czuhajewski), Senior Freeskate (Werner), Senior Championship Freeskate Men (DiCola), Senior Solo Dance (Czuhajewski), and Low Team Maneuver (Athy, Bittorf, Golomb, Hipp)
"I felt the most confident at this competition because we have been building up our physical and mental strength all season. Our team is so strong because everyone trains for consistency under pressure and commits to full expression all the way through each skate," explained Czuhajewski. "We also constantly cheer each other on and support each other in training and at competition."
Adrian is gearing up for its fifth consecutive appearance at the U.S. Intercollegiate Team Skating Championships in April, hosted by Miami University at the Goggin Ice Center in Oxford, Ohio. The three colleges with the most points throughout the season in each conference (Eastern, Midwestern, Pacific Coast) are invited to compete at the national championships. Representatives from the Midwest will be Adrian, Michigan and Miami.
Adrian head coach Tricia DeFelice is hopeful about the upcoming final, stating "going into nationals, I am confident that this team will break into the top three. We are staying focused and humble after the win at Wisconsin and getting right back into intensive training."
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