by Missy Marks, ERFSC communications
Seven members of Elk River Figure Skating Club competed in the Upper Great Lakes Regional Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa from Oct. 19-22.
Sophie Leither, a seventh-grader at Salk, was the only club member skating in a qualifying event. In Juvenile IJS Freeskate, she placed 2nd among 11 skaters. Sophie also competed at state in August in the Pre-Juvenile Freeskate event and placed 2nd.
“It was so exciting to see Sophie attain her goal of making final round at state. The icing on the cake was her coming home with a silver medal. I am so proud of her,” said club coach Sandra Johansson. “Moving up to Juvenile at regionals, we knew she would be the underdog going into the competition, and yet she improved with each practice session and skated her best program of the year.”
In non-qualifying events, the ERFSC had six skaters compete and place.
In Intermediate Test Track, ERHS senior Rebecca Sultany placed 9th among her group of 12 skaters. Rebecca has lettered in figure skating and is also a varsity track hurdler cross-country runner, and a National Honor Society member with a 3.7 GPA.
Skating coach Janice Perszyk describes Rebecca as “an extremely versatile athlete.” She adds, “Her coach is extremely proud of Rebecca’s ability to successfully juggle so many different aspects of her life and still be a competitive figure skater.”
Competing in younger age groups were Kalidescope Charter School eighth-grader Michaela Andrusko, Vandenberg seventh-grader Sydney Johnson, Spectrum seventh-grader Julia Olson, and Salk sixth-graders Jordan Stanke and Annie Givens. Sydney, Julia, Jordan and Annie also competed at state in August, each placing in their events.