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Skate club performs at the JACC

Katie Staak | Monday, December 10, 2007

The 17 members of the Notre Dame Figure Skating Club took to the ice Sunday in their annual “JACC Frost” performance.

“It went really well overall and the team performed well together,” said Tracy Mulherin, the club’s head coach.

The performance consisted of 19 routines. The girls performed solos, duets, trios and ended with a “Haunted Medley” piece.

Mulherin said she was proud of the team’s hard work and dedication with finals approaching.

“I hope to improve our score from last weekend’s competition, hope for a personal best at Midwestern competition in February and qualify for Nationals,” she said.

This is Mulherin’s fifth year coaching the club and synchronized skating team.

The club is lead by the three senior captains, Annie Davis, Sara Medek and Amy Reinthaler.

Davis, a senior at Saint Mary’s, echoed Reinthaler’s sentiments.

“It went 10 times better than last year,” she said. “Everyone had fun and that’s what really matters.”

The captains also have high hopes for the synchronized team this season.

“I hope we do well at Midwestern in Nashville in February and qualify to go to Nationals,” Davis said. “We have to place in Midwestern for Nationals.”

The synchronized skating team – one part of the club – is designed for skaters who have passed the juvenile moves in the field test, according to the standards of the United States Figure Skating Association (USFSA). Some of these moves include the spoke pinwheel and backward line.

The synchronized team performs in competitions throughout the school year. It placed 11th in its first competition during the first weekend in December at the Dr. Porter competition.

The Dr. Porter competition allowed the synchronized skaters to have their performances judged. Also, they were given advice for their future competitions.

The Nationals will take place in Providence, R.I., later in the spring.

The three captains said that students interested in joining the club and possibly competing on the team don’t need prior experience.

“You do not need previous skating ability, but it helps,” Reinthaler said. “We have two girls this year who just started and they have really excelled. And if you want to be a part of the synchronized team you need to pass the juvenile moves in the field test.”

While only composed of women, the team is always looking for male members to join, Davis said.