The Birmingham Varsity skating team medaled in seven out of nine events at a January 11 District Meet at the Detroit Skating Club.
BVS’s B team earned first place in the competition, moving it into first place in the district.
The team has one meet left before the State Championship meet, and head coach Sarah Feldt said levels B and C are in “great position” to qualify for States.
B team skater and Seaholm junior Lesley Hocking is happy about the success of her team.
“I’m really excited that we did so well at the last competition,” Hocking said. “We haven’t been this good in a while. We’re all so excited because all of our teams stand a good chance at going to States now, especially the B and C teams.”
Hocking has a theory as to why the team placed so well at their last competition.
“I think the team did so well because we knew what the other teams were like this time.” Hocking said. “At the first competition no one knew how well the other teams were going to do. Going into the last competition we knew how good we had to be to beat the other teams, so our coach put us all on our own personal best element so we could score as high as possible.”
The A team finished second in their division. The team is currently fifth in the district. The C team finished in a three-way tie for first.
Seaholm junior Katie Root said that the team has worked hard to improve.
“We have a much stronger team this year with a lot of really good freshmen and new upperclassmen on the team,” Root said.
Root said team motivation helped.
“Everyone was really happy for them and they really helped the team place so well,” Root said.
Individual winners included Seaholm senior Gabrielle Aldridge, who finished with a silver medal in spiral, Seaholm junior Alex Cook, who finished with a silver medal in spiral sequence and gold medal in backspin, and Seaholm junior Sommer Shefferly who received a bronze medal in toe loop and a gold medal for her footwork.