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Skaters Compete at Princeton

By Joyance Meechai

On April 3 six members of the Figure Skating Club competed in the Princeton University Figure Skating Competition. In addition to the Tigers, the MIT team skated against other figure skating powerhouses such as the University of Delaware, Pennsylvania State University, Cornell University and others.

Despite the lack of ice time available at MIT due to the closing of the Johnson Athletic Center two weeks before the competition, the entire team medaled at Princeton. Members of the team had to turn to the Skating Club of Boston, Northeastern University, Boston University and local rinks for a place to practice.

MIT’s first competitor, Barbara Cutler G, took fifth out of eleven at the intermediate no-axel freestyle category. She skated to Backdraft and her program included the difficult lutz-loop jump combination, flip-loop combination, camel spin, sit-change-sit spin, and an impressive waltz-falling leaf-toe loop-loop combination jump. Cutler also won second at the Boston University Invitational which took place immediately after the MIT rink closed.

Beverly Thurber ’01 took sixth at the intermediate with axel freestyle category. Thurber performed her sit spins in clockwise and counterclockwise directions. Her program music was Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1. Other elements included in her program were laybacks, camels, sit change sits, and flying camel spins, lutz-loop combinations, axels, salchows and an Ina Bauer.

Derek Bruening G won first place in his event, novice freestyle, with an exciting high energy program to music from Cirque du Soleil. Although he singled a planned double toe loop, his difficult program had a double flip jump, sit change sit pin, camel change camel spin, double salchow, a lunge into a camel sit change sit spin, flip loop jump combination, axel, lutz loop combination, and a running camel into a flying camel back sit spin.

The intermediate compulsory team of Terence Gan ’00, Joyance Meechai ’00 and Thurber medaled by taking fourth in their category. Required elements included the loop jump, salchow jump, toe loop-toe loop jump combination, sit spin, sit-change-sit spin, and spiral.

The junior compulsory team of Jodi Beggs ’01, Bruening and Cutler. Required elements included the axel, a double-single jump combination, flying spin, change of foot spin combination, and spiral sequence. Although the double flip-toe jump combination was not landed cleanly, the team took second.