Impressive month for Elk River Figure Skating Club

ulia Olson, Allison McLain, McKenna Wilson, Alicen Whiting, Ashlee Hidde, Alli Hansen, Annelise Kruse, Caitlin Diedrich, Jordan Stanke, and Annie Givens. Not pictured are Sophie and Emma Leither. (Photo provided by Elk River Figure Skating Club)

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor

Elk River Figure Skating Club has made impressive showings recently, highlighted by Emily Halvorson becoming the fifth club member to earn double-gold status and McKenna Wilson winning top honors in a Green Bay event.

Halverson passed her seniors freestyle tests on Wednesday, Aug. 24, before United States Figure Skating Association judges at Augsburg College. She had passed Moves in the Field last year.

Selected for Artistic Recall at Green Bay were (from left) Ashlee Hidde as Pocahontas, McKenna Wilson as Scar, and Annie Givens as Raggedy Ann. At right was coach and choreographer Sandra Johannson. (Photo provided by Elk River Figure Skating Club.)

She joins her sister Rachel, along with Ashley and McKenna Wilson, and Rachel Green, as club members who’ve earned double gold. She will now compete in seniors starting with a meet Nov. 17 in Richfield.

“Emily is our latest and greatest double-gold, and now we have two sets of sisters, which is pretty neat,” said coach Sandra Johansson.

She skated flawlessly, too.”

The club had 12 skaters in a meet at Green Bay  on Aug. 13-14, and placed first in 19 of 39 events. The skaters were McKenna Wilson, Julia Olson, Allison McLain,  Alicen Whiting, Ashlee Hidde, Alli Hansen, Annelise Kruse, Caitlin Diedrich, Jordan Stanke, Annie Givens, Sophie Leither and Emma Leither.

Emily Halvorson, shown here during a Christmas show last December, is the club's newest double-gold skater. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Aristic Recall is a feature in which judges from the community (not skating judges) choose 20 skaters from a total of 69 artistic performances to compete against each other.

Three of the 20 picked were from the Elk River club — Ashlee Hiidde as Pocahontas, McKenna Wilson as Scar from the Lion King, and Annie Givens as Raggedy Ann. Each of their performances were choreographed by Johansson.

Wilson, a Ziimmerman senior-to-be, earned the gold medal.

“She had a phenomenal performance,” said DeAnn Givens, one of the club’s adult leaders.

The club had four skaters at the Minnesota State Figure Skating Championship in Eagan on August 19-21.  Wilson placed fourth overall, Annie Givens placed eighth in Pre-Preliminary group, Caitlin Diedrich tied for fifth in her Preliminary group, and, Jenna Fromm placed 10th in her Preliminary group.

The next big competition will be the 2012 Upper Great Lakes Regional Championships  at Richfield Ice Arena and hosted by the St. Paul Figure Skating Club, October 14 -18.

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