CAMBRIDGE, MA - This past weekend, the Sacred Heart University Figure Skating (SHUFS) Team traveled to Massachusetts Institute of Technology to compete in the 2017-2018 Intercollegiate Team Skating Competitions. The SHUFS competed for the first time this season in November 2017 at New York University where they placed fourth overall. At MIT, the team finished in fifth place.
On Friday, the SHUFS started off their weekend on fire! Ruby Jusas, Amanda Witkowski, and Tessa Peredy all placed second place in their short program events, each earning 4 points for the team. The next morning, the SHUFS competed in solo ice dance events. In Preliminary, performing the Rhythm Blues, and in Juvenile, with the Fiesta Tango, Tessa Peredy placed third, Amanda Witkowski placed fourth, and Ruby Jusas placed fifth, earning another 12 points for the team! Juliet Melotto joined the action by winning her Gold Dance, the Quickstep, and placing fifth in her International Dance, earning 8 more points in the dance events.
Saturday continued with Brianna Severino placing fifth in her Juvenile program, Michaela Davies placing fourth in her pre-preliminary event, and Erin Marx and Ruby Jusas placing third in their Intermediate Ladies Free Skates. To round out Saturday, Kiersten Keating and Sarah Kleinman placed seventh in their events. To finish the competition Sunday, Sarah Kleinman earned fourth place in her Junior Championship Free Skate and Amanda Witkowski placed sixth in her Senior Ladies Free Skate. Tessa Peredy’s third place finish in her Senior Ladies Free Skate rounded out the SHUFS to finish with 48 points. Throughout the entire competition, the team had the support of family members, other teams, SHUFS alumni, and most importantly, other SHUFS and coach, Lisa Fedick. Kailey Murphy and Alexa Lombardo were nonstop cheering for the SHUFS despite being injured and unable to compete. They hope to rejoin the girls on the ice at the next competition!
The SHUFS are currently tied for fourth with the University of Connecticut. They will compete again at the third competition of the season, at Carnegie Mellon University, in March. After that, the top four teams in the Eastern region will advance to the U.S. Intercollegiate Championships at the University of Denver. This is the first year that four teams from each region will advance to nationals. After 7 years of placing fourth in the Eastern region, this would be a great honor for the team to advance. This is the year of the SHUFS, the year they take on the U.S. Intercollegiate Championships!