Guelph Repeats as OUA Figure Skating Champions

February 19, 2010 - News Release

The University of Guelph's figure skating team captured the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) championships for the second year in a row Thursday. It's the third time the Gryphons have won the title.

The Gryphons won four gold medals, three silver and one bronze after two days of competition at RIM Park in Waterloo. Head coach Janet Gibson was also named OUA coach of the year and skaters who earned gold medals in individual events received OUA all-stars status.

Guelph’s gold-medal performers were Krista Ricciatti, a third-year B.Comm. major, and Tessa Mailling, a first-year nutrition and nutraceutical sciences major, in senior similar pairs; Laura Barbison, a third-year environmental biology student, and Ariel Porty, a third-year biological sciences student, in senior silver similar dance; and Rebecca Wilkes, a third-year B.Comm. student, and Christine Kucava, a first-year child, youth and family major, in bronze rhythm dance fours. The Gryphons synchronized team also won a gold medal.

Silver medalists were Charlotte Drewett, a fourth-year English student, in the senior silver free skate; Wilkes and Kucava in the STARSkate gold creative dance; and Sandra McCubbin, a third-year biological sciences student, in the senior silver solo dance.

A bronze medal was won by U of G’s pairs four team made up of Mailling; Laura Stratton, a fourth-year biomedical sciences student; Lauren Black, a third-year studio art major; and Charlotte Hoyle, a second-year biological sciences student.

Guelph finished the competition with 78 points, eight more than the University of Western Ontario. The University of Waterloo was third. U of G first won the OUA figure skating championships in 1994.

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