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Figure Skating Team Takes Medals at Competition

By Diana Cheng


One hundred thirty skaters from 16 colleges competed at the seventh annual MIT intercollegiate figure skating competition on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Johnson Rink. MIT’s figure skating team earned five individual medals and two team medals.

In the team maneuver event, MIT’s Senior-level team of Jodi Beggs G, Margaret H. Cho ’04, and Derek L. Bruening G placed seventh. Beggs withdrew from her two individual events because of the flu, but not before competing with the team and completing her spiral sequence. Bruening contributed very steady spins.

The Pre-Intermediate C team of Barbara M. Cutler G, and Caitlin Q. Marlow ’03, and team captain Delphine M. Dean G earned a pewter medal for fourth place.

Diana S. Cheng ’04, Kristin M. Jonker ’03, and Sheila N. Tandon G formed MIT’s Pre-Intermediate B team, which also earned a pewter medal. Jonker had a solid camel-sit spin, and Tandon performed the step sequence she created earlier in the week.

Cho earns bronze in Free Skate

Five members of the MIT team competed in the Free Skate. Cho competed in the Senior Ladies event, earning a bronze medal. Cheng skated to “Concerning Hobbits” from the “Lord of the Rings” movie soundtrack for her Pre-Intermediate B Ladies program, placing seventh. Bruening earned a bronze medal in the novice men’s competition with his program to the music of “Speed.” Cutler completed her program with jazz music and placed fifth out of 12 in the Pre-Intermediate C Ladies event.

MIT places in compulsory event

In the Individual Compulsory Moves event, Marlow and Jonker each competed in the Pre-Intermediate B level and placed third and fourth, respectively, out of 12 competitors. Elements required for the Pre-Intermediate B level include two single jumps, a jump combination with the second jump being a loop, a sit or camel spin, a camel-sit combination spin, and a step sequence.

In the Intermediate Dance category, Cutler earned a silver medal. Tandon and Cheng, who have the same ice dancing coach, placed eighth and 14th in the Pre-Intermediate A Solo Dance competition, where they ice danced to the Rhythm Blues set pattern.

Next week the figure skating team will be competing at Walter Brown Arena at the intercollegiate competition hosted by Boston University.