Club Corner

by Cecily Kaya | 11/6/06 6:00am

Figure skating to host National Championships

The Dartmouth figure skating team can start off its season breathing easy.

The team's officers received the news that their bid to host the 2007 Intercollegiate Figure Skating Team Championships had been accepted.

The meet is held from April 13-15 and welcomes regional champions from all over the country.

The United States Figure Skating Association's Director of Collegiate Skating gave the nod to the three-time defending national champions on Oct. 31, 2006 as a sweeter treat than any Halloween candy.

"We are thrilled to be hosting our first competition," Rachel Feder '09 said. "There's nothing better than skating on home ice and having your friends cheer you on."

Not only is it a tremendous honor for Dartmouth to welcome the competing athletes onto their home ice at Thompson Arena, but also a huge responsibility for the figure skating team.

Co-captains Katherine Kalaris '07 and Nicole Newman '08, along with Katherine Schmidt '09 and Daniel Dittrick '08 worked long hours to put together the proposal that intricately mapped out the availability of athletic facilities, hotel accommodations for visiting teams, and the necessary paperwork that was required.

This is the first year that Dartmouth will hold the championship meet and it's as much an acknowledgement of their success as a definitive moment in their legitimacy as a competitive name in figure skating.

With three National titles under their belt, the figure skating team will continue to work hard throughout the fall and winter to capitalize on the honor of hosting the National Championships.

Water polo loses heartbreaker

In men's water polo, Dartmouth ended the season in heartbreaking fashion, with a loss to Boston College in the championship game of the North Atlantic Conference, held in Middlebury, Vt. last Saturday.

With the loss, the team will not earn a bid to the National Championship Tournament held at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

"We're disappointed with ourselves and we really had our hearts set on going to nationals," sophomore Kyle Finnegan '09 said. "But we won and lost as a team. I love all those guys and I wouldn't play with anyone else."

The team went undefeated in their tournaments this season, but due to multiple injuries of key players and a single dropped point to Boston College, the Big Green finished second in the North Atlantic Conference.

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