Elk River figure skaters place high in nine-state regional

Left to Right: Annie Givens, Caitlin Diedrich, Alicen Whiting, Rebecca Sultany, Annelise Kruse, Nicole Roof, Ashlee Hidde, Emily Halvorson, McKenna Wilson, Jenna Fromm, Allison McLain, and Julia Olson. Not pictured: Alli Hansen, Alicia Catton, and Sophie Leither


Elk River Figure Skating Club Upper  made a good showing including two first-place finishes, in the Upper Great Lakes Regional in Richfield from Oct. 14-18.

This nine-state event, hosted by St. Paul Figure Skating Club, had both qualifying and non-qualifyting events. Qualifying events are for those interested in competing to advance to sectionals, followed by Nationals, Worlds, and the Olympics, in the uvenile, Intermediate, Novice, Junior and Senior levels.

McKenna Wilson, senior at Zimmerman, was only club member in a qualifying event, placing eighth among 23 skaters in Senior Ladies. She was fifth after the short program but slipped to eighth after long program.   This division includes many skaters on the ice four to five hours a day, while the Elk River club gets nine hours per week.

“McKenna skated a flawless short program, “ said coach Sandra Johansson.  “Nerves got the best of her in the long program.  However, it was a great first appearance as a senior lady at regionals.”

Coaches cited training that some of the girls received at North Ballet Academy in Rogers for “added beauty and grace to their performance.”

Emily Halvorson, Elk River junior (PSEO) placed second in her five-girl group of Senior Lakes, with Ashlee Hidde, home-schooled junior, placing fourth.

All Hanson, Elk River junior, placed first among 13 in Junior Ladies

ERFSC swept the top three spots among 17 in Intermediate Ladies. Annelise Kruse, Spectrum freshman, placed first, with ERHS sophomore Rebecca Sultany second and ERHS sophomore Alicen Whiting third.

Nicole Roof, Big Lake freshman, placed seventh among 13 in Juvenile Ladies.

This region includes  Illinois, Iowa, Michigan (Upper Peninsula), Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. There are nine regions.