Local skaters stellar at ‘Freeze’ competition

Jamie Mountain

Local figure skaters jumped and spun their way to great showings at the second-annual Fort Frances Freeze Super Series competition hosted by the Border Skating Club on Saturday and Sunday at “The Duke” (Couchiching Arena).
A total of 105 skaters, some coming from as far as Marathon, went up against each other in hopes of grabbing that top spot in their event and members of the Border Skating Club skaters did not disappoint in grabbing multiple top finishes.
“There were 14 judges and officials coming from all over the province to work the competition, including one from the National Skate Canada organization,” the Border Skating Club said in a statement.
“The Border Skating club would like to thank them for helping our event run smoothly.”
Among the BSC’s great showings was Jillian Bilben who earned top spot in each of the Star 6 Free Skate, Star 6 Elements and Star 7/8 Team Elements.
Esme Deedrick wound up with silver in the Star 2 Free Skate while also taking home gold in the Star 2 Elements and placing second in Star 4 Team Elements.
Greta Fedoruk also was a standout, placing first in each of the Star 9 short program, Gold free skate, Gold Elements and Gold Team Elements.
Samantha Halliday wound up with gold in each of the Star 7 short program, Star 8 free skate, Star 7/8 Elements and Star 7/8 Team Elements.
Abrianna Hasbargen, meanwhile, skated to a first-place showing in the Star 7 Artistic, while also placing third in the Star 8 Free Skate and second in Star 7/8 Elements and Star 7/8 Team Elements.
Awnley Jacobsen took second in both the Star 8 free skate and Star 7/8 Team Elements while nabbing first in Star 7/8 Elements.
Ellianna Jacobsen wound up fourth in the Star 4 Free Skate U13 Group 1 while also taking second in both the Star 4 Group 1 Elements and Star 4 Team Elements.
Peyton Jourdain grabbed top spot in the Star 4 Free Skate U13 Group 1 and Star 4 Elements Group 1 while also finishing second in Star 4 Team Elements.
Erica Lemelin was first in both the Star 5 Artistic and Star 4 Elements Group 4, third in Star 4 Free Skate O13 and finished second in Star 4 Team Elements.
Montana Plasky grabbed top honours in the Gold Artistic, Star 10 Free Skate and Gold Team Elements while also placing second in Gold Elements.
Julianna Rousseau earned silver in the Star 3 Free Skate and Elements while also taking gold in the Showcase and second in Star 4 Team Elements.
Whitney Williamson was third in the Star 4 Free Skate U13 Group 1, first in Star 4 Elements Group 2, second in Star 4 Team Elements, while also claiming gold in Creative Improv.
And Anissa Wimmer took home third spot in the Star 4 Elements Group 2, fifth in Star 4 Free Skate U13 Group 2, and second in Star 4 Team Elements.
“Along with the individual competition, there was also a test day held on Friday,” said the BSC.
“Abrianna [Hasbargen] passed her Star 9 Artistic, Samantha [Halliday] passed Star 9 Elements and the Starlight Waltz & Kilian dances, Jillian [Bilben] passed the Tango and Rocker Foxtrot dances.
“We would also like to thank the businesses who donated to our penny table, all the volunteers who helped make this competition a success and to Brent at the Duke Arena,” the BSC concluded.
Up next for the Border Skating Club, its Canskaters will be participating in their first competition event, entitled CanSkate Element Event, tonight from 5-7 p.m. at the ’52 Canadians Arena.
Border StarSkaters then will be traveling to their last competition of the season, the Thunder Bay Open slated for March 5-8, which is the final qualifying competition of the season ahead of the Provincial Championship.