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MIT Skating Expects Success This Season By Diana S. Cheng

TEAM MEMBER

Even though the rink only opened two weeks ago, the MIT figure skating team sent skaters to the United States Figure Skating Association’s Intercollegiate Figure Skating Competition from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, held at Princeton University’s Baker Rink. They didn’t place very well, but it is only early in the season, and they expect to improve.

Lindsay E. Kuo ’06, who trains at the Skating Club of Boston in Brighton, placed ninth in the junior short program. She had a back injury and withdrew from the junior free skate.

Adrienne E. Hunacek ’07, who comes to MIT from the Ames Figure Skating Club in Iowa, placed ninth out of 10 skaters in the Pre-Intermediate C free skate. This event is the equivalent to the juvenile level free skate, with no restrictions on difficulty of jumps, and the program music length is 2 minutes, 15 seconds. She skated to a medley from “Miss Saigon”.

Figure Skating Club Vice President Diana S. Cheng ’04 placed ninth out of 14 skaters in the Pre-Intermediate B free skate event using her program to a medley from “Les MisÉrables.” In the Pre-Intermediate B event, no double jumps are allowed and the program music length is 2 minutes.

Figure Skating Club President Delphine M. D. Dean G placed 14th in the Pre-Intermediate B free skate event. She had a fractured rib and a cold, so it is remarkable that she was on the ice at all. This was the best performance of her program since March and she had a good sit spin.

Adriana Tajonar ’06 registered to compete on the Low Maneuvers team event with Cheng, Dean, Hunacek, and Stephanie Lee ’07, but the event was cancelled.

Competitors representing 18 colleges, including Princeton, Wesleyan, Boston University, Dartmouth, Penn State, Cornell, Boston College, Ithaca College, Columbia, Yale, Quinnipiac, Saint Joseph College, Northeastern, Lesley, University of Buffalo, UMass-Amherst, and the University of Delaware.

This competition was the first in a series of three intercollegiate competitions held during the 2003-2004 school year. The organizing committee for the Princeton competition received so many entries that they had to cancel all the team maneuvers and individual compulsory moves and add on Friday night competition time. They also reduced the total number of entries from each college from 35 to 25, giving slightly smaller schools a better chance at placing in the top five.

Collegiate skating teams accumulate points for placing in the top five in each of the three competitions, and the top three teams in each of the Eastern, Midwestern, and Pacific Coast Conferences will compete at the National Intercollegiate Figure Skating Team Championships held at the end of March 2004.

The next intercollegiate competition will be held on February 21, 2004, at Boston University’s Walter Brown Arena. MIT will be hosting the third competition on March 13, 2004.