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Local skaters compete at national meet
MARYSVILLE — The Marysville Figure Skating Club is back in town after a successful time at the National Figure Skating Championships, which were held in Lincoln, Neb., from July 21 to Aug. 5.
Sixteen members of the Marysville Figure Skating Club, which is located at the Marysville Skate Inn, managed to qualify for the national competition after a skilled set of qualifying performances at the Northwest Regional Championships in Portland, Ore., which required a first, second or third position to send them forward to the national competition.
“This was a very successful meet,” said Marlene Bruland, coach of the Marysville Figure Skating Club. “There were many skaters in attendance from many states.”
Lona Dennis won three medals, including a gold medal in the Premier Silver Figures. She also took second place in the Esquire Figure event and third place in the Premier Gold Solo Dance.
Also bringing home the gold was Coral Chalice, who took first place in the Golden Women’s Solo Dance event. Ginger Kreihn took second place in the Novice B event and third place in the Veteran A Women’s Figures event. Della Sheedy placed third in the Open Women Loops Contest and also took third place in the Classic Figure Skating event. Chalice skated the finals of the Premier Silver Solo Dance event. Kreign and Pat Shannon teamed up to make the finals in the Novice B Team event.
Jim Barrett took a close second in the Masters Men’s Figure Skating event. Barrett and Bev Boice competed in the Novice B Team Dance event at the competition as well.
Other Marysville Figure Skaters competed in the finals of their events including Kyleen Gillette who competed in the Circle Loop Contest, Joanne Foster, who made finals in the Novice B Figures and Master A Figures and Sue Logghe, who skated the finals in the Veteran A Dance and Veteran A Figures events. Mavis Redman, Mike Sheedy and Cheryl Baldwin made it to nationals in their events and competed.
The team was excited to return from Nebraska with such honors, but will take a month off to rest. They will resume their regular schedules of practice and competition in September. For more information on the Marysville Figure Skating Club, contact Bruland at 360-961-2156.