Scholar-Athletes Compete at U.S. Intercollegiate Championships

(4/7/06) - Dartmouth College won its third straight title last weekend at the 2006 U.S. Intercollegiate Team Skating Championships in San Jose, Calif. With 96 total points, the Big Green outscored second place Boston University (59) by 37 points. Third place went to the Blue Hens of Delaware with 58.5 points. Nine teams three from each section competed in the event.

At the U.S. Intercollegiate Team Championships, individual skaters earn points for their schools by placing in the top five in competitive events. When only one competitor enters an event, that skater performs an "exhibition" and is awarded one point.

Multiple point-getters included Delaware's Patrick Connolly, who was victorious in gold solo dance and international solo dance, and earned one point as the lone participant in the intermediate men's short program and free skate; Holly Ponichtera (Dartmouth) in the junior ladies short program and free skate; Justin Gaumond in the junior men's short program and free skate (lone participant - one point); Elaine Fok (UC Berkeley) in pre-intermediate A solo dance group 2 and the novice ladies short program; Kristin Tudisco (Boston University) in the senior ladies short program and free skate, and Mike Ferlic (Miami University), who earned a point as the lone participant in the senior men's short program and free skate.

Other top performers included Cindy Purdy (Boston University), Hallile Damon (Dartmouth) and Brittany Young (Delaware), who all earned points in both the interdmediate ladies short program and free skate; Krystina Neuman (Indiana), Kim Holzthum (Delaware) and Rachel Feder (Dartmouth), who earned points in the junior ladies short program and free skate (Holzthum also won pre-intermdiate B solo dance group 2); Cynthia Chew (Dartmouth), Jennifer Shadrach (Boston) and Sarah Anne Zimbler, who earned points in the novice ladies short program and free skate; Katherine Specht, who earned points in the senior ladies free skate, novice solo dance, and intermediate solo dance; and Sandy Schaad, who earned points in junior solo dance, novice solo dance and pre-intermediate A ladies free skate.