KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Adrian College's intercollegiate skating team earned 124 points for a first-place finish at the Bronco Challenge Cup hosted by Western Michigan University on Saturday and Sunday, marking the season debut for the Bulldogs figure skating program. With Sunday's victory, Adrian has won 15 consecutive Midwestern competitions.
Bronco Challenge Cup is the first in a series of three Midwestern qualifying competitions. The top four teams from each section--Midwestern, Eastern and Pacific Coast--will earn a bid to compete at the 2018 U.S. Intercollegiate Team Skating Championships hosted by the University of Denver in April.
Adrian entered the 2017-18 season as five-time reigning Midwestern Champions (2013-14-15-16-17) and bronze medalists at the 2017 U.S. Intercollegiate Team Skating Championships.
The highlight of the competition was a first-place finish in the following events: intermediate short (freshman Amy Czuhajewski), novice short (sophomore Macauley Lukenda), novice men's short (freshman Lucas Rosa), junior short (sophomore Nikki Czuhajewski), pre-preliminary freeskate (freshman Ceci Picard), preliminary (sophomore Sarah Bittorf), juvenile freeskate (junior Ciara Athy), intermediate freeskate (Amy Czuhajewski), novice men's freeskate (Lucas Rosa), junior freeskate (junior Megan Sauer), junior championship freeskate (Nikki Czuhajewski), senior freeskate (junior Lila Werner), intermediate dance (sophomore Jill Westerbur), novice Dance (Jill Westerbur), senior dance (Nikki Czuhajewski), and gold dance (Hanna Arntsen).
The Bulldogs also had top-three finishes in novice short (sophomore Olivia Margulis), junior short (freshman Casey Labrenz, Megan Sauer), senior short (junior Lexi Schmitt), pre-juvenile freeskate (sophomore Jordan Golomb), juvenile freeskate (freshman Kenzie Brouk), novice freeskate (Olivia Margulis), junior championship freeskate (Casey Labrenz), preliminary dance (Lucas Rosa), junior dance (freshman Rachel Kraber), senior dance (Amy Czuhajewski), and gold dance (Amy Czuhajewski), and international dance (freshman Hanna Arntsen).
The Bulldogs shut down Miami-Ohio (78), Michigan (49), Oakland (40), Washington-St. Louis (34), Wisconsin (32), Michigan State (29), Marquette (25), Ohio State (23), Ferris State (18), Northern Michigan (15), Winona State (12), Minnesota-Duluth (9), Western Michigan (9), Notre Dame (8), Northern Illinois (6), Bowling Green (6), Minnesota (5), Wisconsin-Eau Claire (2) and Iowa (0).
The second leg of the Midwestern circuit is the Golden Gopher Challenge on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 10-11, hosted by University of Minnesota at 3M Arena Mariucci in Minneapolis, Minn.
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