Volume 93, Issue 64
Tuesday, January 25, 2000
The judges say third
HUSHA, HUSHA, WE ALL FALL DOWN. The women's figure skating team took to the ice Saturday in the Western varsity figure skating competition and glided their way to a third place finish.
By Sean Maraj
Western's figure skaters skated themselves to a surprising third place finish last Saturday at the annual Western varsity figure skating competition, held at Thompson Arena.
The Mustang team faced strong competition from Queen's University, York University and the University of Waterloo and were coming off a disappointing seventh place finish at their last competition.
They still managed to put together an artistic rebound and powered themselves to a solid finish. Leading the way for the Mustangs was co-captain Jen Smeaton, who finished first in the short program and also led the team to a solid second in the fours category.
Mustang co-captain Laura Hadley said she was happy with the team's performance overall, especially when compared to their previous finish. "It was a great accomplishment," Hadley said. "We did far better than the last competition."
Smeaton attributed the result to the Mustangs' strong showing in group events and also to a general improvement on the their skills since the last outing. "The pair events and group events everyone improved so much from the last competition," she said.
The fight for third at the event was a close one, as the Mustangs managed to scrape by the Waterloo Athenas, beating them by the tiny margin of four points. Waterloo captain Wisty Van Snellenberg was happy with the performance but thought there was room for growth. "There are some events we can improve on for the finals," she said.
Van Snellenberg was also impressed with the general level of competition, especially after the holiday break. "Everyone was where we expected them to be, it's going to be tough the next time."
While the Mustangs may have pulled off a solid performance, Smeaton was quick to point out that it didn't come easy. "There was a lot of hard work and early mornings, we really worked on our precision events and everything just fell together."
Despite the strong finish, Smeaton maintained there was room for the team to improve something they will have to pursue as they begin the slow skate to the Ontario University Athletics championships, in early February.
"We need to polish up on stuff and get more synchronization on the pair event and also do some work on presentation," she said.
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