The University of Delaware Collegiate Figure Skating Team won gold at a recent competition at Liberty University.

Virginia gold

UD Collegiate Figure Skating Team wins event at Liberty University


8:42 a.m., March 8, 2016--The University of Delaware Collegiate Figure Skating Team (UDFS) recently traveled to Liberty University in Virginia for its second competition of the season and came home with the gold, again beating rivals Boston University and Dartmouth College.

UDFS totaled 128 points, with Dartmouth earning 110 for second place and Boston 107 points for third place. 

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UD sophomore Chloe Roberts described the team’s second competition of the season, saying, “Overall the competition was pretty difficult for us but we pulled through and that was definitely because of the support the team has for each of its members. Hearing the support from your team members really can get you through your program no matter how long it is.”

“Every aspect of competitions is a great experience, from the bus ride there and back to the actual skating aspect of it,” UDFS secretary Courtney Taylor said. “We are always helping and supporting one another, and I think that's what sets us apart from the other teams. With nationals coming up in a month, this competition really helped prove to us how strong we are as a team. I think that as long as we keep working as hard as we are now and encouraging one another to be even better everyday, we have a good chance of winning nationals again this year.”

Freshman Regina Rubino was excited for her second collegiate competition, saying, “Another amazing weekend with the best, and loudest, support group. Hearing my teammates cheer me on as I skate makes all the difference.”

UDFS is gearing up to host the collegiate national championships, schedule April 9-10 at the Fred Rust Ice Arena on south campus off South College Avenue.

UDFS prides itself on how supportive the team is as a whole, and not just for their fellow UD skaters but for every school at the competition, a team representative said, and the skaters said they hope that support will spread through the student body when the national event arrives. 

The intercollegiate figure skating season continues this weekend, March 12-13, when UDFS travels to the SUNY Geneseo Intercollegiate Competition in Geneseo, New York. 

The UDFS winners for the Liberty competition include: 

  • Taylor Aruanno: first place, High Team Maneuvers; second place, Junior Ladies Short; second place, Junior Ladies Championship. 
  • Amanda Chasten: first place, Low Team Maneuvers.
  • Kathleen Criss: first place, High Team Maneuvers; first place, Junior Ladies Short; first place; Junior Ladies Championship; second place, International Dance; fifth place, Gold Dance.
  • Allison Fortney: first place, Medium Team Maneuvers; seventh place Novice Ladies Short. 
  • Laura Gettier: second place, Juvenile Ladies Freeskate Group B; first place, Low Team Maneuvers.
  • Jonathan Jerothe: second place, Junior Men Championship Freeskate.
  • Beth Kalbach: first place, Medium Team Maneuvers; tenth place, Novice Ladies Freeskate.
  • Hannah Kimberly: first place, High Team Maneuvers; second place Intermediate Dance; first place, Novice Dance; first place, Senior Ladies Test Track Group B. 
  • Becky Lisac: first place, Low Team Maneuvers; first place Juvenile Ladies Freeskate Group B. 
  • Samantha Puhl: third place, Senior Ladies Short Group B; fourth place, Senior Ladies Championship Freeskate. 
  • Aubrie Roszell: third place, Junior Ladies Test Track Group B. 
  • Chloe Roberts: sixth place, Pre-Juvenile Ladies Freeskate.
  • Regina Rubino: first place, Low Team Maneuvers. 
  • Jacob Schedl:  first place, Medium Team Maneuvers; first place, Gold Dance; first place, International Dance; first place, Preliminary Men Freeskate. 
  • Janelle Skaden: first place, Medium Team Maneuvers; second place, Novice Ladies Freeskate; third place, Novice Ladies Short.
  • Clarke Snell: fifth place, Preliminary Dance Group A.
  • Jessica Sugarman: sixth place, Senior Dance; second place, Junior Dance. 
  • Courtney Taylor: first place, High Team Maneuvers; first place, Senior Ladies Short Program Group B; first place, Senior Ladies Championship Freeskate; third place, Preliminary Dance Group B; second place, Juvenile Dance. 
  • Annabel Will: first place, Intermediate Ladies Freeskate Group A.
  • Kameron Wong: first place, Low Team Maneuvers; fifth place, Senior Dance Group B.

Those with interest can follow UDFS on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Article by Amelia Ludwick

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