Skaters Collect for Seaway

A team of nine skaters had a good day as they represented Seaway District High School and their local figure skating club at the annual Skate Canada Eastern Ontario High School Championship in Smiths Falls, on Tuesday, March 27.

The nine skaters, all of whom skate with the Morrisburg and District Figure Skating club, were coached at the Skate Canada sanctioned competition by Sharon Last.

They represented Seaway in all of the four events at their particular skating level determined by their figure skate test passes. 

The events included: Individual freestyle; Pairs; Team skating (2-4 skaters) in elements and spins; Triathalon (2-3 skaters) in skills, interpretive and freestyle.

Posting a gold medal result for Seaway was the Pairs II entry of Allison Lee and Alyssa MacMillan who skated a two minute program.

Next up, to finish second overall, was the Triathlon II team of Jessica Thompson, Ali VanHoof and Katherine Lee.

Thompson posted a first in Interpretive, VanHoof a third in Freestyle and Lee a fifth in Skills for an overall second place finish.

Also solid in the Triathalon (Level I) were Jessica Bass, Alyssa MacMillan and Logan Patterson. MacMillan skated to a second in Freestyle, Patterson a third in Skills and Bass a fourth in Interpretive for their third place finish overall.

Individual freestyle skaters for Seaway included Alice Cameron (preliminary), Alyssa MacMillan (senior bronze), Logan Patterson (junior bronze) and Ali VanHoof (open women).

In team skating, Seaway’s top finish was put together by Gillian Beatson, Ali VanHoof, Katherine Lee and Jessica Thompson who placed first in the semi-final skate and finished third overall in Elements II.

Elements two included double toe or Salchow jumps, double loop or flip jumps and a jump combination.

Seaway iced two teams in the Spin event, one in each of the I and II levels. 

Jessica Bass, Logan Patterson, Alice Cameron and Alyssa MacMillan finished first in the semi-final I level, but were not among the top finishers in the final.

Gillian Beatson, Ali VanHoof, Katherine Lee and Jessica Thompson were third in their flight in Spin II.

The Spin I event involved spins of three rotations while the II level were spins of four plus rotations and combination spins.

“It was a long and exhausting day for skaters, parents and coach, but the results were well worth the effort,” said coach Last. “The Seaway team once again demonstrated the character that has long made Seaway the talk in the athletics of Eastern Ontario.”

“All of our skaters demonstrated respect for the sport and others.”

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