Thirty members of the Kent Skating Club recently participated in a pair of figure skating events.
The club was represented by 24 skaters at the Celebrate Skating two-day event in Euclid. Twenty-one of those skaters came in fourth place or higher in their respective events.
The placements are as follows: Darrian Gray, first; Amanda Hastie, first and second; Renee Taylor, first; Ayuko Okano, fourth; Jamie Schreffler, second; Samantha Korba, first; Caleigh Payne, first and fourth; Jessica Sample, second and third; Kate Kotapish, first; Holly Dawe, second and fourth; Geneva Augustin, first; and Kaitlin Sandercock, third.
Others that placed in their respective events include MacKenzie Garlitz, fourth; Gabby Lessak, three first-place finishes; Bethany Lessak, two first-place finishes; Elisa Duesing, first, second and fourth; Navarre Medlock, second and third; Emma Shilling, third and fourth; Olivia Kotter, second; Emilie Dunlop, second and third; and Anna Ormiston, first and fourth.
The following weekend, nine skaters, their families and coaches traveled to Troy for the South Eastern Great Lakes Figure Skating Competition.
All nine of the Kent Skating Club skaters finished fourth place or higher in their respective events.
The placements are as follows: Emily Stuursma, two second-place finishes; Garlitz, third and fourth; Lessak, first and second; Carly Poremba, first and second; Cara Schmauch, second and third; Nick Jesionek, third and fourth; Hillary Webb, first and fourth; Ali Purves, fourth; Chelsea Christopher, first.
The Kent Skating Club is now getting ready to host Skating for Skills the first weekend of March.
More than 300 area figure skaters are registered to compete in the two-day event at the Kent State University Ice Arena. The events will run from early in the morning until late in the afternoon on both rinks. Skating for Skills is free and open to the public.