It was a great weekend for Adrianna Phillips on Nov. 11-13 in Aberdeen as she placed eighth overall at Sectionals. She has had to battle through some difficult growing spurts throughout the past couple of years, but all that hard work paid off with a great top 10 finish against some tough competition.
Phillips also trains with Kirah Brown out of the Prairie Edge Skating Club and as a first year pre-novice skater, Bell finished 15th overall in a group of skaters that were older and more experienced.
Their coach, Naiomi Rigetti couldn’t be more proud of the girls’ finish and success at Sectionals.
“It was good,” Rigetti said. “They both had really good skates. They were happy, they had a good weekend.”
Brown placed 18th after the short program and had a great long program which allowed her to move up to 14th place. Phillips was 13th after the short program and fifth in the long program, which moved her up into the top 10 finishers.
Not only was it a great weekend for both girls, but also it was extra special for Phillips as she received the Merit Award for the best performance at Sectionals. The judges vote on the skaters performance throughout the entire weekend and Phillips was selected with a medal.
“She was pretty happy,” she said. “This is what we have been working towards and she finally accomplished it and now we can set new goals.
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