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6 May

West Virginia University Figure Skating Club President Angela Kreger and two club members, Shaun Adams and Gina Geils, coached junior members of the Mason-Dixon Figure Skating Club to an impressive eight-medal showing at the 30th Annual Mt. Lebanon Invitational May 4-5 in Pittsburgh.

Kreger’s student Terezia Galikova, from Morgantown High School, won the Pre-Preliminary A Free Skate, Adams’ student Kelcie Britton, from Mountaineer Middle School, triumphed in the Artistic-Preliminary, and Geils’ student Heather Carpenter earned gold in the Artistic-Beginner.

In addition, Kreger’s student Rebecca Brazaitis, a first-time competitor from North Elementary, earned silver in Free Skate-No Test A and in Beginner Jumps and her student Grace McCusker, likewise a first-time competitive skater, from Mountainview Elementary, finished third in the Free Skate-No Test A competition. Carpenter also won silver in Jumps Pre-Preliminary and bronze in Spins Pre-Preliminary and Britton won silver in Compulsory Moves-Preliminary A.

Kreger, a master’s student in WVU’s nursing program, noted that because the Morgantown Ice Arena is closed for the season (it will reopen in August), the skaters coached by WVU Figure Skating Club members have been carpooling to practice at rinks in Pittsburgh.

“This is a talented and dedicated group,” Kreger said.

“The girls worked so hard and blew their coaches’ minds at competition,” said Adams, a student at Fairmont State University. “Every single skater medaled and had the opportunity to stand proudly on the podium.”

The Mason-Dixon Figure Skating Club is based at the Morgantown Ice Arena and includes students from WVU as well as students in Monongalia and Preston County schools. At the Mt. Lebanon Invitational, its skaters competed against skaters from the Beaver County (Penn.) Figure Skating Club, the Blade Runners of Bethel Park (Penn.), the Johnstown (Penn.) Figure Skating Club, the Pittsburgh Figure Skating Club, the Skating Club of Mount Lebanon (Penn.), the Winterhurst (Ohio) Figure Skating Club, and the Youngstown (Ohio) Phantoms Figure Skating Club.

“The WVU Figure Skating Club led the only contingent from West Virginia to the Mt. Lebanon Invitational,” said Mark Brazaitis, a WVU professor of English and advisor to the club. “The fact that skaters coached by WVU club members won eight medals is a testament to the incredible job Angela, Shaun, and Gina do.”

For more information contact, contact Mark Brazaitis, at 304-293-9707 or Mark.Brazaitis@mail.wvu.edu

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