Skaters perform well at local Invitational

Katie Brickman
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Some members of the Prairie Edge School of Skating pose with their medals from the Region 2 Invitational Competition in December held in Caronport. Skaters from the back row, from left is Kiana Avery, Adrianna Phillips, Riley Arseneau, Chelsea Shaw, Taylor Phillips and Kirah Brown. Middle row, from left is Alyssa Halverson, Melissa Shaw, Taylor Hagman, Alex Gray and Kaitlyn Gillis. Front row, from left is Emily Haner, Jordyn Halverson and Lauren Halverson.

The Prairie Edge School of Skating and the Caronport Skating Club hosted their first Region 2 Invitational Competition on Dec. 16-17 at the Barkman Arena in Caronport with great success.

With close to 100 skaters from around the province and local area competing, the Prairie Edge School of Skating skaters performed very well.

“I thought it went very well,” said coach and director, Naiomi Rigetti. “It went smoothly and we didn’t have anything major go wrong, which is good for the competition.”

Many of the Prairie Edge School of Skating participants had great skates and some performed in more than one program.

“Some of the skaters did four events,” said Rigetti. “They all did very well.”

Kaitlyn Gillis placed third in the Introductory Elements Flight 1 category and third in the Pre-Preliminary Spins. In the Introductory Elements Flight 2 division, Jocelyn Gudjonson placed fifth and Taylor Hagman finished seventh. In the Introductory Freeskate Flight 2 division, Maria Tunall placed fifth. Maria Rigetti had a great performance at this competition, finishing third in the Preliminary Elements Flight 1, first in the Preliminary Spins Flight 2, second in the Preliminary Freeskate Flight 2 and first in the Creative Level 1 category. Kiana Avery also had a great competition, placing seventh in the Preliminary Elements Flight 1 category, sixth in the Junior Bronze Spins and sixth in the Junior Bronze Freeskate. Another skater with a great performance was Alex Gray, who placed third in the Junior Bronze Elements, third in the Junior Bronze Spins and second in the Junior Bronze Freeskate. Also placing within the top 10 in her categories, Riley Arseneau placed seventh in the Preliminary Elements Flight 2, fifth in the Junior Bronze Spins and seventh in the Junior Bronze Freeskate Flight 2 category. In the Junior Bronze Spins, Tyra Poole placed seventh overall.

Prairie Edge School of Skating finished first in the Preliminary Team Event with members Maria Rigetti, Kiana Avery, Riley Arseneau and Tyra Poole.

In the Introductory Interpretive category,  Adrianna Phillips finished first and continued her strong performance by placing second in the Senior Silver Elements category, third in the Senior Silver Freeskate and second in the Senior Spins/Gold Spins category. Melissa Shaw finished second in the Bronze Interpretive category and Chelsea Shaw finished second in the Silver Interpretive division.

Kirah Brown had a strong competition as well, placing third in the Junior Silver Elements, second in the Junior Silver Freeskate  and first in the Junior Silver Spins category. Also competing in the Junior Silver Elements was Taylor Phillips, who finished fourth, she also finished third in Junior Silver Freeskate and fourth in the Junior Silver Spins.

For more on this story, read Wednesday's Times-Herald.

Organizations: Prairie Edge School of Skating, Caronport Skating Club, Introductory Elements Flight 2 Introductory Freeskate Flight 2 Preliminary Elements Flight 2 Edge School Senior Spins/Gold Spins Times-Herald

Geographic location: Caronport

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