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MIT Figure Skaters Collect 11 Ribbons, Medals at Cornell University Competition

By Diana Cheng


Nine MIT figure skating team members garnered 11 individual medals and ribbons at the United States Figure Skating Association’s intercollegiate figure skating competition last weekend at Cornell University. Medals or ribbons were awarded to entrants placing fifth or higher in a given event.

As a whole, the team entered 11 events. Each MIT skater entered two events.

Derek L. Bruening G won the Junior men’s free skate event and also placed second at the Novice ice dance event, where the dance was the foxtrot. Barbara M. Cutler G placed fourth at the Novice ice dance, where there is no separate competition for men and ladies.

Lindsay Kuo E. ’06, who was the only MIT skater to compete at the intercollegiate competition at the University of Delaware in November, placed sixth in the Junior short program and earned a fifth place ribbon in the Junior free skate. Her free skate to the music of Kriesler’s Tambourine Chinois features intense, quick footwork covering the length of the rink and double jumps.

CÉcile E. Le Cocq G, a former varsity gymnast who now also competes in taekwondo, and Jessica A. Eisenstein ’05, placed third and fifth, respectively, in the Pre-Intermediate C free skate Group A. Le Cocq said she was “shocked” to receive a medal, especially considering she was sick for the past week. Eisenstein’s expressive free skate to Spanish music was choreographed by classmate Jessica R. Huot ’06 and features fancy footwork.

Adriana Tajonar ’06 placed fifth in Group B of the same level. Tajonar’s upbeat program includes several jump combinations and an elegant layback spin.

Cutler, Le Cocq, and Tajonar placed fourth, seventh, and ninth in the Pre-Intermediate C individual compulsory moves event. Originally, the event was scheduled to be held on half-ice, but skaters were given the full ice for their moves.

Diana S. Cheng ’04 placed sixth in the Pre-Intermediate B free skate Group A event. Kristin M. Jonker ’03 and figure skating team captain Delphine Dean G placed seventh and eighth in the same level Group B event.

Jonker skated to “A Day in the Life,” a program she has used since high school and with which she is very familiar. Dean skated to the music of “Siesta in Granada,” which she found online and choreographed this year specifically for the competition. Her extension on her spirals has been positively influenced by her ballet training.

In the Pre-Intermediate B individual compulsory moves Group A event, Dean placed seventh. Cheng and Eisenstein were awarded 4th and 5th place ribbons respectively in the same level Group B event.

Jonker earned a silver in the Pre-Intermediate A individual compulsory moves, which was no surprise because she medalled last year in the Pre-Intermediate B event, a level higher, at Boston University’s intercollegiate competition.

On Saturday, March 1, the team will compete at the intercollegiate figure skating competition at Boston University.