WMU News

Skaters qualify for international competition at U.S. nationals

March 25, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- In only its fourth season as a varsity sport at Western Michigan University, the synchronized skating team has qualified to represent the United States in international competition.

In competition at the U.S. Figure Skating Association National Championships, held March 7-8 in Huntsville, Ala., the WMU collegiate team finished second out of 17 qualifying teams from universities throughout the country for the second straight year. In the more competitive senior division, which includes top teams from both colleges and private skating clubs, Western Michigan's senior team placed sixth overall. The top six teams in the senior division are automatically eligible for international competition.

"This is a tremendous achievement for our team," says third-year head coach Jill Janik. "Our reputation in the national skating community has skyrocketed the past two years, bringing talent from across the country to Western. I am very confident that with incoming recruits and the commitment of our returning skaters, we will continue to soar."

Under Janik, the senior team has gone from not even qualifying for the nationals to an eighth-place finish in 2002 and this year's sixth-place performance. The size of the synchronized skating program has also grown during that period, from 28 to 45 skaters, making it the largest varsity women's sport at WMU. See below for complete team rosters.

In the collegiate program at the nationals, WMU earned scores ranging from 4.2 to 4.8. WMU earned a first-place from one judge, along with five seconds and one third. In the senior event, WMU scores ranged from 4.5 to 5.1. Seven of the nine judges had Western Michigan sixth overall, while one judge each had the team seventh and eighth.

Western Michigan's synchronized skaters will perform as teams and as individuals at the 2003 "At the Zoo" ice show at Lawson Arena Friday, March 28, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 29, at 2 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available at the door. Children ages 3 and under are admitted free.

2003 USFSA National Championships

Final Senior Division Standings
1. Haydenettes, Lexington, Mass.
2. Miami University
3. Team Elan, Detroit
4. Crystallettes, Dearborn, Mich.
5. University of Michigan
6. Western Michigan University
7. Superettes, Warwick, R.I.
8. Revolution, Peoria, Ill.
9. Velocity, Cleveland
10.Twin City Synergy, Minneapolis
11. Team Image, Yonkers, N.Y.
12. Team Allure, Denver

Final Collegiate Division Standings
1. Miami University
2. Western Michigan University
3. Michigan State University
4. University of Michigan
5. Bowling Green State University
6. University of Illiniois
7. University of Delaware
8. University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
9. University of New Hampshire
10. Cornell University
11. Boston College
12. Grand Valley State University
13. Boston University
14. Columbia/Princeton universities
15. Syracuse University
16. University of California-Davis
17. Georgetown University

Western Michigan University
Synchronized Skating Team

Senior Team
Amy Bauer is a sophomore from Frankenmuth, Mich.
Ashleigh Behrendt is a sophomore from Whitehouse, Ohio
Emily Brash is a sophomore from West Hartford, Conn.
Katie Breitzman is a sophomore from Wildwood, Ill.
Ashley Brodfuehrer is a junior from Novi, Mich.
Margaux Cory is a senior from Marquette, Mich.
Erica Dunkel is a junior from Ann Arbor, Mich.
Megan Farrell is a senior from Mattawan, Mich.
Carmen Garland is a senior from Southfield, Mich.
Marissa Gazley is a freshman from Novi, Mich.
Erin Goen is a junior from Westland, Mich.
Lindsay Gwyther is a junior from Rutland, Mass.
Courtney Iserman is a sophomore from Rochester Hills, Mich.
Andrea Kaifesh is a freshman from Troy, Mich.
Laura Kubistal is a senior from Chicago
Nicole Marconi is a junior from Palatine, Ill.
Lindsay Mariage is a sophomore from Bay Village, Ohio
Jennifer Murray is a junior from Indianapolis
Lindsay Nardella is a junior from Wheeling, Ill.
Nicole Scanland is a sophomore from Crete, Ill.
Stephanie Szudarek is a freshman from Sterling Heights, Mich.
Kristie Trenkle is a sophomore from Park Ridge, Ill.
Andrea Warren is a senior from Des Plaines, Ill.
Tara Williams is a freshman from Redford, Mich.

Collegiate Team
Kristen Anderson is a sophomore from West Dundee, Ill.
Ashleigh Behrendt is a sophomore from Whitehouse, Ohio
Natalie Bendas is a freshman from St. Louis
Brittany Bihun is a freshman from Cary, Ill.
Kadie Bilodeau is a senior from Hawthorn Woods, Ill.
Kristin Borgstrom is a sophomore from Plymouth, Minn.
Ashley Brodfuehrer is a junior from Novi, Mich.
Cara Crandall is a junior from Whitehouse, Ohio
Marissa Daniel is a freshman from Chicago
Brett Dery is a junior from West Bloofield, Mich.
Carmen Garland is a senior from Southfield, Mich.
Leslie Graham is a freshman from Ashland, Mass.
Lindsay Gwyther is a junior from Rutland, Mass.
Gretchen Hansen is a senior from Naperville, Ill.
Andrea Kaifesh is a freshman from Troy, Mich.
Jackie Lavely is a junior from Richmond, Mich.
Martha Lushniak is a sophomore from Chicago
Lindsay Mariage is a sophomore from Bay Village, Ohio
Karen Ostalecki is a sophomore from Livonia, Mich.
Elizabeth Patrick is a senior from Wyandotte, Mich.
Erin Perkins is a senior from Lacon, Ill.
Janina Piton is a freshman from Palos Hills, Ill.
Aimee Quinkert is a junior from Livonia, Mich.
Laura Reynolds is a freshman from Tinley Park, Ill.
Jami Showalter is a freshman from Midland, Mich.
Tiffany Tiano is a freshman from Melrose Park, Ill.
Erica Whicker is a freshman from Dearborn, Mich.
Cortney Wilson is a junior from Lansing, Mich.
Katie Wyckoff is a junior from Santa Rosa, Calif.

Note: Six skaters compete on both teams, Behrendt, Brodfuehrer, Garland, Gwyther, Kaifesh and Mariage.

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