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February 4, 2023

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. – Skating Club of New York Figure Skaters added three more gold medals during yesterday’s, Feb. 3, opening day of the 43rd Empire State Winter Games, being held in Lake Placid, N.Y. and the surrounding north country communities. Naiya Mentor skated to the intermediate women’s title, Francesca Giumenta won the novice women’s crown, while Lillie Nye capped off the night, claiming the senior women’s gold medal.

Mentor and silver medalist Eliza McGrath, of the Rye, N.Y. Figure Skating Club, both performed clean programs. Mentor was awarded 60.32 points from the panel of judges, while McGrath earned 59.71 points. Mentor’s teammate Dominika Dal won the intermediate women’s bronze medal, skating to 57.69 points.

Giumenta’s triple jump combination (double flip, single euler and double salchow) helped give her a nearly 10 point edge over silver medalist and fellow Skating Club of New York teammate Grace MacDonald, who did not include a triple jump combination in her program. Giumenta came away with 54.00 points, while MacDonald captured 44.86 points.

Annabelle McKenzie completed the Skating Club of New York podium sweep, skating to bronze. She managed a score of 44.31.

Nye won the senior women’s competition with a score of 62.44. Her program featured back-to-back jump combinations. Her double lutz and single toe loop combo was followed by a single lutz and single loop combination. This helped her edge Finer Edge Figure Skating Club’s Isobel Carney, who under rotated each of her jump combinations and finished with a final score of 54.89.

Ava Zakrzewski, who represented the Hudson-Mohawk Figure Skating Club, came away with the senior women’s bronze medal after she finished her skate with a score of 54.46.

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The ESWG, sponsored by Community Bank, N.A., is the largest multi-winter amateur sports event in the United States. From Friday Feb. 3-Sunday, Feb. 5, close to 2,200 athletes are scheduled to compete in 23 winter sports in Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Tupper Lake and Paul Smiths.

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