Penticton figure skaters on point for Okanagan Interclub event

Glengarry Skating Club earned 19 medals and just as many personal bests

It was a successful weekend for the Glengarry Skating Club who earned 19 medals and just as many personal bests for the figure skaters.

“I would say this is probably the best competition the athletes have had since I have been here. It just all came together, which is great. It’s nice to see podium finishes, but the more important number is the personal bests. When we come back with 19 personal bests when we are skating 30 events, that is a number I am happy with,” said Trevor Buttenham, head coach of the Glengarry Skating Club

Club skaters competed at the 2018 Okanagan Interclub competition, held Nov. 23 to 25 in West Kelowna. Among the standout performances was Jordana McEachern in the Gold Women’s Freeskate who took first place with a score of 42.50.

“Jordana’s previous personal best was in the 35 and a bit range, so this was not just a little improvement. She improved by seven points, which amounts to about a 20 per cent improvement. It is a huge jump. She really went and killed it. This was the best she has ever skated,” said Buttenham.

The coach said they had a bunch of skaters that pieced everything together to have a strong outing at the event. Buttenham added that as coaches they walked away really pleased.

Bringing home gold are Jordan McEachern in the Gold Women’s Freeskate (42.50 – pb), Samantha Macnally in Star 8 Women Freeskate (28.31 – pb), Jocelyn Erdt in the Star 7 Women Freeskate (18.12 – pb), Payten Ferguson in the Star 4 Girls U13 Freeskate (pb), Micah Rodrigues in the Star 2 Boys Freeskate (pb) and Sophia Jaron-Flower in the Star 1 Girls Freeskate (pb).

Silver medallists include Lily Wicks in the Star 2 Girls Freeskate, Molly Mitchell in the Star 2 Girls Freeskate, Madison Matheis in the Star 1 Girls Freeskate (pb), Macnally in the Bronze Interpretive (40.67 – pb), Not Kan in the Star 3 Elements (pb) and Jaron-Flower in the Creative Improve 1 (pb).

Bronze finishers are Saki Smith in the Gold Women Freeskate (31.29 – pb), Erdt in the Star 8 Women Freeskate (26.36 – pb), Giselle Weisheit in the Star 5 Girls 13 and over Freeskate (16.37), Kan in the Star 3 Girls Freeskate, Addison Newton in the Star 2 Girls Freeskate, Josie Newton in the Star 1 Girls Freeskate and Cloe Robert in the Gold Interpretive (41.04 – pb).

Other skaters that set personal bests include Laren Bitte in Juvenile Women Freeskate (23.55), Nadia Snyman in the Star 10 Women Freeskate (31.41), Saki Smith in the Star 9 Women Freeskate (21.87), Kaleb Morris in Star 2 boys Freeskate, Weisheit in the Bronze Interpretive (34.32) and Ferguson in the Star 4 Elements.

The Glengarry Skating Club is now looking forward to their Dec. 8 Winter Wonderland exhibition show where the skaters will perform group and solo numbers. Admission is by donation of cash or a food item which will all go to the Salvation Army Food Bank.

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