Hudson Valley Figure Skating Club’s Dominika Dal Claims Empire State Winter Games Intermediate Women’s Gold
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – If there’s one figure skating club that feels right at home in Lake Placid’s Olympic Center it’s the Figure Skating Club of New York. After winning the 44th annual Empire State Winter Games’ gold and silver medals in Saturday’s, Feb. 3, Juvenile Girls event, club skaters continued today’s success winning four more medals, gold and bronze in Novice women and silver and bronze in the Intermediate free skating event.
Judges awarded Naiya Mentor 69.89 points and the Novice women’s gold medal. During her free skate routine, she executed a perfect double lutz, double toeloop and double loop combination.
Lucy Petscher, who was representing Jamestown Skating Club, skated to a silver medal performance, posting a score of 61.82 from the five judges. Mentor’s skating club teammate Annabelle McKenzie was awarded 60.54 points and the bronze medal.
Lilyann Hewitt and Oliia Long-Kaline added to more medals, Saturday, for the Skating Club of New York when they captured the Intermediate women’s silver and bronze medals, respectively.
Hewitt’s double lutz, double loop combination pushed her to silver and a score of 50.46. Long-Kaline posted two perfect elements, a double flip and a double flip, single axel and sequence combination en route to a judge’s score of 49.99 and the bronze medal.
The division’s top skater was Dominika Dal, representing the Hudson Valley Figure Skating Club. Performing the competition’s most difficult program, she topped the five other skaters with a score of 60.41.
Katie Turcotte, of the Finer Edge Figure Skating Club, dominated the Junior women’s free skate event, winning gold by more than 19 points over her nearest rival Madelyn Petscher, of the Jamestown Skating Club. Skating the most technical program in the six-skater field, Turcotte’s triple salchow was perfect and it helped her score 92.57 points from the judges. Petscher earned perfect scores on her double loop, double flip, double lutz, single axel and sequence and fly change footwork combination and spin and earned the silver medal with a score of 73.52. Genesee Figure Skating Club’s Emily Warren came away with bronze and a score of 59.01. Her flying sit spin earned perfect marks from the judges.
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