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MIT Students Compete, Struggle In BU-Hosted Figure Skating Meet

By Diana S. Cheng


Six MIT students competed at the United States Figure Skating's intercollegiate figure skating competition on the weekend of Feb. 21-22, 2004 held at Boston University's Walter Brown Arena. The team entered five individual events and one team event.

Stephanie Lee ’07 skated the Fourteen Step in the Novice solo dance event, against seven other skaters. She earned a silver medal in her first intercollegiate competition.

In the intermediate dance event, Sheila Tandon G skated to “The Hickory Hoedown” and earned a bronze medal. There were seven skaters in her event. She chose to compete with skaters who had tested this dance already, while she learned this dance in the month preceding the competition.

In the pre-intermediate C free skate event, Adrienne Hunacek ’07 placed 12th out of 15 skaters with her program to music from Miss Saigon. She attempted a double salchow.

In the pre-intermediate B free skate event, Diana S. Cheng ’04 skated her two minute program, placing 11th out of 18. She missed her camel-sit spin in the middle of the program, so at the end of the program, she replaced her upright-change-upright spin with a camel-sit-change-upright spin. She also skated to “The Dutch Waltz” in the pre-Intermediate A solo dance event, the equivalent of preliminary dance. She finished in last place out of 18.

The figure skating team also entered a Low Maneuvers team: Cheng, Delphine Dean G, John B. Gonzalez ’04, and Hunacek. Hunacek contributed an axel and a salchow, Cheng did a camel-sit spin and an upright-change-upright spin, Gonzalez did a waltz-toe loop jump combination, and Dean skated a circular step sequence which she created in the past week. The team placed in the top ten.

On Saturday, March 13, the figure skating club will host and compete at the intercollegiate figure skating competition held at MIT's Johnson Rink.