ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Adrian College's intercollegiate skating team earned an all-time team high of 124 points for a first-place finish at the 2014 Maize and Blue Matchup on Sunday (Feb. 9) hosted by the University of Michigan. The Bulldogs outranked Michigan (87), Miami-Ohio (47), Wisconsin-Madison (38), Oakland (31), Indiana (28), Michigan State (26.5), Ohio State (20), Northern Michigan (19), Bowling Green (16.5) and Youngstown State (6).
Adrian College has now won four consecutive Midwestern Conference competitions.
"I give one hundred percent of the credit for this win to our athletes," head coach Ashley Carlson said. "Our skaters work day in and day out to polish and perfect their competitive programs. They live up to and often exceed every challenge I throw their way. I couldn't be prouder to coach this group of talented student-athletes."
The highlight of Saturday's event was a first-place finish in the following thirteen events: Preliminary Dance (Raynise Mancha), Junior Short (India Johnson), Preliminary Freeskate (Maddie Sena), Pre-Juvenile Freeskate (Barbara Hipp), Juvenile Freeskate (Raynise Mancha), Intermediate Freeskate Group (Demi Russo), Junior Championship Freeskate (India Johnson), Low Team Maneuver, and Intermediate Team Maneuver.
The highest point-earner for the team was co-captain Tricia DeFelice (17).
"We are successful because we do not rely on any one team member alone," DeFelice explained. "We take the team concept very seriously. At both practices at home and at competitions, we make sure to support and cheer on every single skater. You can see in our score that every member of the team contributes in a big way."
The team looks to make a repeat appearance at the U.S. Intercollegiate Team Skating Championships in April, hosted by Adrian College at Arrington Ice Arena. The three colleges/universities 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 Sunday's victory, Adrian remains in first place in the Midwestern division with one competition left in the season.
Stay tuned for results from Skate on Wisconsin, the next event in the Midwestern Conference, on March 8-9, hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison at McFarland Community Ice Arena (Madison, Wis.). The event will determine the Midwestern Conference Champion and the three colleges/universities selected to compete on behalf of the Midwestern Conference at nationals.