Friday, September 28, 2007

Skaters enjoy a trip to Oktoberfest

Autumn arrives at a Salt Lake City rink

Sun Valley skaters pose for a group photo after last weekend?s Oktoberfest showcase event in Utah. Front, from left, Dakota Rose King-Hutton, MacKenzie Caputo, Autumn Coulthard, Hayley Allen, Christine DuFur, Sofia Nicolai, Arizona Semones, Blair Baker and Samantha Bunting. Back, from left, Alexandra Harten, Telar McClure and Brooke Allen.

The Sun Valley Figure Skating Club sent a contingent of 18 competitive figure skaters to Salt Lake City last weekend to challenge skaters from 17 other western figure skating clubs.

Hosted by the Cottonwood Heights FSC, the Oktoberfest competition featured free skate, artistic and showcase events at both USFS Test and Basic Skills levels.

More than 250 skaters participated on the first fall weekend of the year. Medals or trophies were awarded to first through fourth place winners.

Christine Dufur, a Community School second grader, and four-year-old Sheldon Gentling won first place in two events. Nicole Pratt, Alexandra Harten, Telar McClure, Samantha Bunting, Arizona Semones and Hayley Allen also took home first place gold medals.

McClure, Harten and DuFur added second place wins to their gold in additional events. MacKenzie Caputo, Georgia Holmes, Autumn Coulthard, Isabella Bourret and Noelle Weaver won second place silver medals, with Coulthard winning silver in two events.

Showcase is judged mostly on entertainment value, like a Theatre on Ice competition. Artistic is judged on how well the skater interprets her music and on the quality of her skating.

In free skate, certain elements are required and others are permitted. Points are given for the quality of each jump, spin, footwork sequence and other elements as well as for skating an attractive, well-balanced program. These competitions are broken into Basic Skills and Test Level.

Results by event:

Free skate

Pre-Juvenile FS Test Level: 4—Nicole Pratt.

Preliminary (Low) FS Test Level: 1—Alexandra Harten. 2—Telar McClure.

Basic Skills Low FS: 6—MacKenzie Caputo.

Basic Skills FS D, Group B: 5—Samantha Bunting.

Basic Skills FS D, Group A: 5—Isabella Bourret.

Basic Skills FS C, Group C: 3—Arizona Semones. 5—Blair Baker. 6—Brooke Allen.

Basic Skills FS C, Group B: 2—Georgia Holmes.

Basic Skills FS C, Group A: 2—Autumn Coulthard.

Basic Skills FS B, Group C: 3—Jordan Sachs. 5—Dakota Rose King-Hutton.

Basic Skills FS B, Group B: 1—Christine Dufur. 3—Hayley Allen.

Basic Skills FS B, Group A: 3—Noelle Weaver.

Basic Skills FS A, Group A: 3—Sophia Nicolai.

Basic Skills FS, Snowplow Sam: 1—Sheldon Gentling.

Artistic events

Pre-Juvenile Test Level Artistic: 1—Nicole Pratt.

Preliminary Test Level Artistic: 2—Alexandra Harten. 3—Telar McClure.

Basic Skills FS, D: 1—Samantha Bunting. 2—Isabella Bourret.

Basic Skills FS, C: 2—Autumn Coulthard. 3—Arizona Semones. 5—Blair Baker. 7—Georgia Holmes.

Basic Skills FS, B: 1—Christine Dufur. 2—Noelle Weaver. 4—Jordan Sachs.

Showcase events

Preliminary Test Level Showcase: 1—Telar McClure. 3—Alexandra Harten.

Basic Skills Low FS: 2—MacKenzie Caputo.

Basic Skills FS, D: 3—Samantha Bunting.

Basic Skills FS, C: 1—Arizona Semones. 2—Autumn Coulthard. 3—Blair Baker. 4—Brooke Allen.

Basic Skills FS B, Group B: 1—Hayley Allen. 5—Dakota Rose King-Hutton.

Basic Skills FS B, Group A: 2—Christine Dufur.

Basic Skills FS A, Snowplow Sam: 1—Sheldon Gentling.

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