The Sidelines: DU club figure skating hosts annual showcase

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The DU club figure skating team held their annual showcase on May 5 at Magness Arena. Having practiced their routines for several weeks leading up to the performance, the team was eager to put on a quality show to round out their 2016-17 season.

“The show overall went really well. It was one of the largest crowds I’ve seen during my time at DU for our show, and it was a really great cap to a successful year,” said senior Emily Sacks.

The show was a mix of team and solo performances. The night opened with the song “Kids” by OneRepublic and transitioned into the evening’s first solo runs. Junior Anna Williams skated to “Smooth Criminal” by Michael Jackson and the freshmen did a number to a mix of selected tracks from Burlesque.

The team was also joined by the National Champion DU hockey team for an exciting number to a mashup of NSYNC. The two teams combined for a unique performance which took lots of hard work to prepare for.

Sophomore Isabel Reiches performed a 1980s Jazzercise routine for the crowd, while freshman Liv Coker creatively skated to the “Little Mermaid” with full mermaid pants to boot.

The event was capped with a number from the seniors to “Auf Wiedersehen Goodbye” from The Sound of Music. It was an emotional goodbye for the senior class, as they received flowers in celebration of their dedication and contributions made to club figure skating over their four years at DU.

During their competitive season, DU qualified for the USFS Intercollegiate Championships held in Oxford, Ohio. The Pioneers placed in ninth at the event, their second straight year finishing in that particular slot.

“We ended up placing 9th in the nation at nationals in Oxford, Ohio in April, but I think that overall, this year we had one of the best team dynamics I’ve experienced in over 14 years of skating on a team,” said Sacks.

The ice show at Magness Arena was the culmination and celebration of a season’s worth of team building and weekly practices. It concluded another successful season for the figure skating team as it looks to build momentum heading into next school year.

Braiden is a senior at the University of Denver and currently in his third year working in the sports section at The Clarion. Originally from Aurora, Colorado, he is studying Finance, Economics and Data Analytics in the Daniels College of Business. He is also involved on campus with the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity and was previously a Resident Assistant. He enjoys rooting for the Broncos, Avalanche, Nuggets, Marlins, Buffaloes and of course, the Pioneers. In his free time, as well as playing basketball and hockey.

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