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Figure Skating Collects 9 Medals

By Diana Cheng


The MIT figure skating team’s eight skaters earned a total of nine medals at the United States Figure Skating Association’s intercollegiate figure skating competition on Saturday, March 1, 2003 held at Boston University.

Skaters from 17 universities on the East coast competed in the last of three qualifying intercollegiate competitions this season, for the top three team spots to compete at the National Intercollegiate Team Figure Skating Championships at the University of Denver on March 28-30. Delaware, Dartmouth, and Cornell earned those spots. MIT’s team is currently too small to qualify for nationals and placed eighth, but the individuals on the team fared well against the other skaters.

Pre-Intermediates earn medals

Kristin M. Jonker ’03 agreed to skate at the Pre-Intermediate A level, though she was eligible to compete at Pre-Intermediate B, since the team already had the maximum of three entries for Pre-Intermediate B. She placed fifth in the individual compulsory moves after withdrawing from her free skate event because of sickness.

Jessica A. Eisenstein ’06 earned a silver medal in the Pre-Intermediate B Group B free skate with her two-minute program to music from the “Mask of Zorro” soundtrack. Her artistry stems from her background in dance, and her power comes from her cross-country running experience. She has a consistent camel-sit spin, with the sit spin very low. She also placed second at the Individual Compulsory Moves Group A event.

Delphine Dean G competed in the Pre-Intermediate B Group B, where her free skate program included a circular footwork sequence with backwards power three-turns and twizzles. Her camel spin has improved greatly since the beginning of the season, and she threw on a toe loop at the end of her lutz for an extra jump combination. She placed fourth in this event, receiving her first individual medal. She used the same footwork sequence for her individual compulsory moves and placed fourth in Group B.

Diana S. Cheng ’04 skated her Pre-Intermediate B program to a medley from Les MisÉrables; the program was choreographed by her coach Cyndi Jackson ’04 and classmate Margaret H. Cho ’04. Her program has several ballet attitude positions in between her jumps, and a straight-line footwork sequence. She earned a pewter medal in Group B.

Adriana Tajonar ’06 skated to the music of Benny Goodman’s “Sing, Sing, Sing” in her Pre-Intermediate C Group A free skate, placing sixth. Her program has a camel-change-camel spin and ends with a sit spin into a lunge.

Intermediate, junior level awards

In her first skating competition for MIT, Amy R. Wu ’06 placed eighth in her Intermediate free skate to music from a trailer for Lord of the Rings. Her Intermediate short program, where she placed sixth, was skated to the music of Bolero from Moulin Rouge.

At the junior level, Lindsay E. Kuo ’06 earned a bronze medal in the free skate and a pewter medal in the short program. Her short program was 2 minutes and 40 seconds to the music of Astor Piazolla’s “Libertango,” and included a flying sit spin and two double jumps.

Tech places in ice dance category

Sheila Tandon G skated the swing dance in the Pre-Intermediate B solo ice dance event and placed fifth. The swing dance is a set pattern dance and is part of the USFSA Pre-Bronze ice dance test. It includes forward and backward chassÉs, swing rolls, and mohawks.

On Saturday, March 15, the MIT figure skating club will hold its annual exhibition at Johnson Rink featuring team members, national and international competitors, and skaters from the MIT community. Admission to the exhibition is free.