Friday, November 22, 2013

Skaters dazzle in Utah

Sun Valley gets solid results at Wasatch Freedom Classic


Sun Valley skaters included, from left to right: Bella Maurtua-Cherry, Avery Griffin, Saba Grossman, Bridgette Silva and Jessica Blackburn. In front is Alex Griffin. Courtesy photo by Andrea Nelson

     Seven young Sun Valley Figure Skating Club members traveled to Ogden, Utah, Nov. 9-10 to compete at the Wasatch Freedom Classic.

     Offering only Snowplow Sam through Preliminary events with competitive group sizes between one and five skaters, the annual Wasatch competition offered a fun and friendly competitive environment for beginning-level skaters.

     Medals were awarded for placing in the top three of each category. Fourth- and fifth-place skaters received participation ribbons.

     Skating for Sun Valley, Saba Grossman won the Free Skate 4 event; Jessica Blackburn took second. Blackburn also won the Free Skate 4 Artistic event.

     Bella Martua-Cherry won the Free Skate 3 event. Avery Griffin won Free Skate 1.

     Bridgette Silva competed alone in Basic 8 Artistic, earning first place for her exhibition. Silva came in second place in Basic 7-8.

     Alex Griffin placed fourth in Basic 6 Free Skate while Annabel Jenson placed third in Basic 4 Free Skate.

     Three Sun Valley skaters passed U.S. Figure Skating Tests in Ogden, including Bridgette’s mom, Jen Silva, who passed Adult Pre Bronze Moves in the Field.

     Martua-Cherry passed Preliminary Moves in the Field, and Avery Griffin passed Pre Preliminary Moves in the Field.

     Coach Darlin Baker accompanied the skaters to Ogden.

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