Skaters to show off top skills

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Past Event

Skating Showcase

  • Saturday, April 14, 2007, 7 p.m.
  • Howelsen Park Ice Arena, 285 Howelsen Parkway, Steamboat Springs
  • All ages / $5

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Samantha Cretney, Hanna Haggarty, Jenna Miller and Cassie Wilhelm pose for a photograph after picking up top finishes at the Fort Collins Classic last weekend.

— A winter full of top-level competitions has been reduced to one final event for the members of the Steamboat Springs Figure Skating Club.

"It's not competitive, but this is what all of our skaters look forward to," Kim Haggarty said.

Haggarty, the skating director for the Steamboat Springs club, said the showcase is a chance for local skaters, the sport and a few rising stars to step into the spotlight.

"This is a chance for our athletes to showcase what they can do, and it always seems to draw a nice-sized audience," she said. "It's also a chance to promote the sport and show this community where we are headed in the future."

This year's showcase will feature the members of the local figure skating club and 10 nationally-ranked skaters from the Denver area.

For the members of the club, the showcase celebrates a successful competitive season on the ice, which was highlighted by several top results at the Fort Collins Classic Skate Festival from March 30 to April 1.

"It was a very good competition for our club," Kim Haggarty said. "We are all very happy with the results."

Top finishes included Heather Nereson, who recorded two first-place results in the pre-preliminary division of the event. Nereson was first in spins and first in the free skate program. She also collected a fourth-place finish in the compulsory event.

Molly Parsons also collected two first-place finishes in the pre-preliminary division. She was first in the free skate program and in compulsory skills. She also earned a third in spins. Teammate Sarah Pugh was fifth in both the pre-preliminary compulsory and spins and was second in the free skate. Kasey Brown was third in the spins, sixth in the compulsory and 10th in the free skate in the pre-juvenile division.

All of the skaters in the highly competitive pre-preliminary and pre-juvenile divisions tested in order to qualify to compete in those classes. However, the Steamboat club also picked up several top finishes in the lower-level divisions, which are seeded by coaches' discretion. Steamboat also recorded several top finishes in the basic levels.

Clare Franklin collected second-place finishes in the elements and program to highlight Steamboat finishes in the Basic 6 division. Her teammate Callie Heil was fourth in both elements and program in that division. Kayla Haggarty recorded a third-place finish in her free skate program and was fourth in elements in the Basic 7 division. In Basic 4, Brooke Buchanan was fourth in elements and fifth in free skate, and Jordan Broyhill was fourth in free skate in Basic 2.

Steamboat also had a large number of skaters and top results in the freestyle divisions.

Jenna Miller led the club in Freestyle 4 by picking up a first-place finish in compulsory and a second in her free skate program. Teammate Hanna Haggarty was second in the compulsory and third in free skate. Samantha Cretney was third in the compulsory and second in free skate. Cassie Wilhelm was the top Steamboat skater in Freestyle 1, where she collected second-place finishes in both compulsory and free skate. Teammate Patricia Davie was fifth in the compulsory and third in the program.

Kim Haggarty expects the number of Steamboat skaters taking part in the competitive divisions of these competitions to increase next season. This week, 24 of the club's members tested to move up in classification and 20 of the skaters passed their evaluations.

-To reach John F. Russell, call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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