Ranked 8th in the nation, congratulations to the Figure Skating Club on successfully competing at Dartmouth, NH, last month at the US Intercollegiate National Championships and for wrapping up another great season! Successes include: Pacific Coast Champions, and winning the Tiger Challenge in October at Colorado College and the Pioneer Open.
According to club president Ana Sorensen, the best part of being part of the team is that “Our skating club has grown into a family. We all are there for each other for encouragement and to help each other reach our goals inside and outside of the club.”
Unlike many other clubs that can look up to varsity programs, there is no varsity program for figure skating. “As a sport governed by USFS (United States Figure Skating), we will never be governed by the NCAA, so we will never have the opportunity to play as a varsity sport.” That is frustrating, she explained, because many girls have been skating their entire lives and, as a club, would like more recognition.
However, the DU Club Figure Skating club still has strong team spirit. “My advice for clubs trying to grow is to try and show that your club is more than just a club. Do things outside of just practice and the games with each other. Go out to dinner, go downtown, just overall spend more time together. One of the draws to club sports is knowing you will have a group of people that enjoy the same things as you do. The closer the individuals on the team are, the stronger the team will get.”
If you are interested in supporting the club, the team will be hosting an ice show called Throwback on Ice on April 27. We will be hosting this event in Magness Arena from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost is $5 and includes the opportunity to skate with the team after the show. The club will be skating to songs from many decades, and there will be solos, duets, group numbers and even a group number featuring the hockey team!
Again, congratulations to the DU Figure Skating Club on a great season!