Figure Skating Club Dances Into Sixth Place as Samost Earns Silver

The MIT Figure Skating Club team tied for sixth place with Pennsylvania State University at the Boston University Eastern Intercollegiate Figure Skating Competition, held on Feb. 9-10 at the Walter Brown Arena. MIT finished with 13 points, with several skaters finishing in the top five in free skate and solo dance events to contribute to the point total.

Captain Aubrey L. Samost ’10 led the team with three medals. In the Novice Dance event, her foxtrot earned her a silver medal as she finished second in a field of eleven skaters. She placed third in Intermediate Dance, with her performance the “Hickory Hoedown,” and in the Novice Free Skate, skating to a George Gershwin medley. Her free skate featured a double salchow/Axel jump sequence, double jumps, and a layback spin.

Kristina K. Brown ’10 contributed two points with her two fifth place finishes in Juvenile Dance and Pre-juvenile Free Skate. Her free skate to music from Disney’s Happy Feet included a circular step sequence, Lutz jump, and a camel-change-upright spin.

Saja A. FakhralDeen ’09, Jingyi “Cynthia” Tang ’09, and first time competitor Elizabeth R. Boroson ’09 skated the Canasta Tango to finish fourth, fifth, and sixth respectively in Preliminary Dance.

Performing their free skate for the first time in competition, Kachina C. Gosselin ’10 and Tang finished sixth and seventh in the Preliminary Free Skate event, respectively. Their programs included five jumping elements and two spins.

Dartmouth University won the competition with 103.5 points total, followed by Cornell University (72 points), Boston University (68.5 points), and the University of Delaware (66 points). Boston College placed fifth with 16 points.

The next Eastern section competition will take place at the University of Delaware the first weekend in March.