ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Adrian College’s intercollegiate figure skating team earned 124 points for a first-place finish at the 2016 Maize and Blue Match-Up hosted by the University of Michigan on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 15-16.
The Bulldogs shut down Miami-Ohio (90), the host Wolverines (85), Wisconsin (31), Northern Michigan (26), Northern Illinois (18), Michigan State (17), Minnesota-Duluth (14), Washington-St. Louis (12), Ferris State (10), Oakland (8), Bowling Green (4) and Marquette (1).
As a result of Sunday's victory, Adrian is currently in first place in the Midwestern Conference with one competition left in the season.
Highlights of the event were first-place finishes by the Bulldogs in the following events: Intermediate Short Program (Jenna Blackburn), Novice Short Program (Olivia Margulis), Junior Short Program, tie (Casey Labrenz, Tomoko Yamaguchi), Pre-Juvenile Freeskate (Barbara Hipp), Juvenile Freeskate (Ciara Athy), Novice Freeskate (Margulis), Junior Freeskate (Labrenz), Junior Championship Freeskate (Nikki Czuhajewski), Senior Men’s Championship Freeskate (Alex DiCola), and Senior Dance (Czuhajewski).
Top point-earners for the team were Czuhajewski (15), Margulis (10) and Labrenz (9.5).
“I am very pleased with how this season is developing. Head Coach Tricia DeFelice has brought a new level of training intensity to the team, which is so clearly reflected in our athletes’ performances in the first two Midwestern Conference competitions of the season," noted Adrian director of skating Ashley Carlson. "We have already stepped up our consistency in difficult elements, our confidence in presentation, and speed and power.”
“We have all upped the ante with our technical difficulty this season. Coach DeFelice has given us the tools to take on more complex choreography in preparation for what is sure to be a battle at nationals this spring," explained Margulis, who is a sophomore. "We are looking forward to putting pressure on other teams to meet our standards,”
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 Championships.
The figure skating team hits the competitive ice again for Skate on Wisconsin, the final event in the Midwestern Conference, on Saturday and Sunday, March 4-5. The two-day event will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin.
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