Skaters take the spotlight at competition

More than 20 athletes participate in nine divisions at Treadwell Arena

Posted: Monday, February 12, 2007

More than 20 of Juneau's best young figure skaters took the Treadwell Arena ice Sunday for the Juneau Skating Club's second annual skills competition.

The skaters competed in nine different classifications, ranging from showing off basic skills to performing a full routine to music.

In the basic skills competitions, skaters had to perform certain moves in front of judges. In the free skate competitions, athletes performed a 90-second routine to music and were judged on technical and artistic ability.

It also marked one of the first times the skaters performed in front of an audience.

"The stands were full," JSC coach Elizabeth Calvert said. "When you practice, people aren't watching except for parents. When you get out there and people are there to watch them skate, there's that nervous energy.

"But then they get out on the ice and our very first competitor (Morgan Erisman) just smiled the whole time and said that was so much fun. It's supposed to be fun."

The Juneau Skating Club's students will now train for the organization's marquee event, the winter recital "Skating by the Sea," on Feb. 25.

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"That's our big show," Calvert said. "We want the public to come out and see it."

Here are a list of results from Sunday's competition in order of finish:

Basic Skills Level 4

1. Claire Swanson. 2. Laurie Balstad

Basic Skills Level 5

1. Kelsey Walsh

Basic Skills Level 6

1. Galen Wright

Basic Skills Level 7

1. Rosie Jones. 2. Toni Kelly. 3. Kathe Tallmadge. 4. Julia Noreen.

Basic Skills Level 8

1. Katie Dimond. 2. Demaris Oxman and Miranda Glasheen, tie. 3. Molly Sanders. 4. Catherine Walsh.

Free Skate Level 1

1. Megan Axmaker 2. Carlie Kollar. 3. Morgan Erisman.

Free Skate Level 2

1. Laurel Araki. 2. Solana Ashe.

Free Skate Level 3

1. Lynzey Culver. 2. Sarah McDermott.

Free Skate Level 5

1. Rebekah Badilla. 2. Kayla Bishop.

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