January 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
tl;dr: Berkeley won, Denver can book their tickets to Michigan, and 3 UCs are fighting for 2 championship spots. Oh my.
- Colorado College, Colorado State University, UC Irvine, and Northern Colorado are eliminated from contention. Thanks for skating but they have no shot at competing in Adrian, Michigan at the end of the year.
- UC Irvine and UC San Diego have college figure skating teams? Whattttttttttttttttttttttttttt?
- Natalie McLain, Ruhan Yan, Jennifer Alfred, and Ellen Wilson put UC San Diego Figure Skating on their backs though.
- The Sunyotos send their regards to all dance competitors.
- Karen Yamasaki overcame bronchitis to do her thing in the preliminary ladies event. Lauren Montgomery came back from Scotland and did her short program. These two mainstays will help junior ladies skater Sophie Fritz and preliminary ladies skater Ana Sorenson lead the Denver Pioneers and overcome the transfer of Rylie Pepich.
- Janelle Unger overcame a difficult week off the ice to take home two second-place finishes in her novice events. IN YO FACE!
- Cal skaters who you won’t see in Adrian, Michigan: Jay Yostanto, Benjamin Yeh, Annalise Mahoney, Gina DeNatale, Katrina Phan, Kelsey Chan, and Samira Damavandi.
Passing of the Torch
- UC Berkeley hosted its competition with its best ladies skater, Laney Diggs and its best ice dancer, Teressa Vellrath.
- UC Los Angeles skated on without their top junior and senior skaters, Emily Chan and Mericien Venzon.
Because all four skaters have missed the both Tiger Challenge and Golden Bear Skate, they will not be able to skate at Intercollegiate Nationals. These four 4th year skaters have one more chance at the Pioneer Open in Denver, Colorado to clinch Intercollegiate Nationals berths and tie up their intercollegiate skating careers. Best of luck to these ladies on their studies of their final semester.
So who do the four ladies seamlessly pass the torch to?
UC Los Angeles
Pre-existing core: Joey Millet, Evan Bender, Sarah Palaich, Colorado native Maddison Bullock, and Amanda Sunyoto
Alumna/team supporter: Coral Chou
- Jillian Campbell
- Evelyn Karin
- Carol Lin
- Tyler Vollmer
- Adrian Siew
- Ai Ohno
- Elizabeth Miller
- Sarah Stegman-Wise
- Sara Villalon
- Collette Del Poso
- Rachelle Santos
- Amanda Smith
- Ashley Pournamdari
- Courtney Cruz
Pre-existing core: Sean Sunyoto, Matej Silecky, President Michelle Hong, Team Captain Janelle Unger, Kelsey Chan, Amy Nguyen and Sravani Kondapavulur.
Alumnae/coaches: Marissa Minovitz, Dani Schraner
- Aditya Nandy
- Kathleen Albert
- Sara Billman
- Audrey Phone-Chen
- Audrey Tan
- Kirsten Flores
- Claudia Nguyen
- Maryssa Ziegler
- Elizabeth Zeng
- Anneliese Tung
Most of the newcomers for both UC Los Angeles and UC Berkeley have skated for a long time but the nerves are still there. The last thing you want to do is to tell them “Have fun!” just before the longest 2 to 4 minutes of their lives. In the meantime…
- UC Los Angeles
- UC San Diego
- Colorado State University
- Menlo College/Colorado College
By virtue of their 2nd place finish in Oakland and their 1st place finish in Colorado Springs, Denver has 9 points. It’s mathematically impossible for them to host a competition at Joy Burns Arena, bring their entire team and somehow not make Intercollegiate Nationals in Adrian, Michigan.
Because Cal placed 1st, UC Los Angeles missed 2nd by 0.5 points, and UC San Diego placed 4th, we have three Universities of California with 6 points. Well, shit. If Denver has one championship spot locked up, that leaves two spots for three Universities of California.
My guess for the Pioneer Open? Denver wins while UC Berkeley and UC Los Angeles take UC San Diego’s lunch money and the remaining championship spots. I may have spoiled much of the 2014 Pioneer Open in Denver for you, but it doesn’t mean the last Pacific regional of the year is any less exciting.