Elk River figure skaters compete at regionals in Green Bay

From left: Annelise Kruse, Grace Olson, Emma Leither, Sophie Leither, Allison McLain, Annie Givens, Jenna Fromm, Jordan Stanke, Rebecca Sultany, Julia Olson, Ashlee Hidde. (Not pictured: McKenna Wilson, Alli Hansen) (Studio H Photo)


Thirteen members of Elk River Figure Skating Club competed in the Upper Great Lakes Championships in Green Bay from Oct. 12-16.

McKenna Wilson, a 2012 Zimmerman graduate, was the only club member skating in a qualifying event. In Senior Ladies, she placed 11th among 17, including 13th in short program and 10th in long program.

“McKenna had a stunning long program,” said club coach Sandra Johansson. “She landed both her double axels. She has developed into a beautiful artistic skater.”

Johansson said she’d like to see Wilson try professional show skating.

In non-qualifying events, the ERFSC had 12 girls compete and place.

Ashlee Hidde, home-schooled, PSEO senior, placed first in non-qualifying senior ladies. Hidde, after two surgeries, has no feeling in her landing leg and foot from the shin down, and has to adjust to compensate.

“I am super proud of Ashlee. She is such a strong skater,” said the coach. “She has a good, competitive mindset.”

That was Hidde’s last regional. She plans to attend Northwestern College and continue in the sport as a coach.

Allie Hanson, Elk River senior and PSEO student, placed fifth. Johansson commented that her focus and training hasten on synchronized skating with Team USA. They will compete in France in early February.

Annelise Kruse, a Spectrum sophomore, placed second among seven in non-qualifying Junior Ladies. She moved up two levels from last year, when she entered Intermediate Ladies and placed first.

In Intermediate Ladies, ERHS junior Rebecca Sultany placed fifth and Monticello junior Allison McLain 11th among 35.

In Juvenile, ERHS freshman Emma Leither was ninth and ERHS sophomore Jenna Fromm 10th among 22.

Competing in younger age groups were Big Lake eighth-grader Grace Olson, Salk sixth-grader Sophie Leither, Spectrum sixth-grader Julia Olson, Meadowvale fifth-grader Jordan Stanke, and Twin Lakes fifth-grader Annie Givens.