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Skaters Score High at Home Contest

By Diana S. Cheng


MIT hosted a United States Figure Skating intercollegiate figure skating competition March 13 in Johnson Rink. MIT’s team scored more total points at its home rink than at the other two intercollegiate competitions at Princeton and Boston University combined.

The figure skating team entered three individual events and one team maneuver event with a total of five strong skaters, all of whom contributed points to the team.

The high maneuvers team earned a bronze medal out of eight teams. Devon L. Manz G, a former ice dance competitor in Canada now studying mechanical engineering at MIT, performed two jumps: a double Axel, and a double flip. Adriana Tajonar ’06 did a flying camel spin and a camel-sit-change-sit spin. Phil A. Lichtor ’06, a national competitor at the junior level in ice dance, contributed a serpentine footwork sequence that he made up on the spot, and a double / double jump combination. Lichtor used his ice dance skates to complete the freestyle jumps, a very unconventional decision that worked well because of his interdisciplinary abilities.

In the Pre-Intermediate B free skate event, Diana S. Cheng ’04 skated her “Les MisÉrables” program and earned a bronze medal out of eleven skaters. It was her first medal for free skate in the seven intercollegiate competitions in which she has skated since 2002.

In the Pre-Intermediate A solo dance event, Cheng placed third out of nine skaters in Group 1. Delphine M.D. Dean G placed fifth out of eight skaters in Group 2. The dance both used was the “Rhythm Blues,” a Preliminary level ice dance. Though both Dean and Cheng have been competing the “Rhythm Blues” for the past three seasons, neither has passed the dance test, a solo performance in front of U.S. Figure Skatin judges meant to gauge the progress and skill of the skater.

In the Pre-Intermediate C free skate event, Tajonar debuted her program to “Forever Tango,” placing eighth out of 12 skaters. Margaret H. Cho ’04 choreographed the program for Tajonar.

This competition is the ninth annual competition that MIT has hosted. Bonny S. Kellermann ’72 started the intercollegiate competition series by hosting the first U.S. Figure Skating competition at MIT nine years ago.

Next Saturday, March 20, the figure skating club will host its annual exhibition at Johnson Rink at 7 p.m. Several national competitors, along with MIT skaters, will perform their programs. Admission is free.