EXETER, NH -- Thirteen figure skaters from Maine competed on August 12, at the New Hampshire Figure Skating Festival at the Rinks at Exeter, with several earning event medals and Maine Games medals. Skaters from Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine competed in the inaugural tri-state event.
This was the official Maine Games figure skating event for 2006, and all Maine medalists qualified for the 2007 State Games of America.
Amanda Calderwood, of Richmond, finished third overall and second in Maine while Sophie Calderwood of Brunswick, finished fourth overall and third in Maine. Shania Hope Creamer of Damariscotta took silver overall and first in Maine in the Basic Grad-beginner Unrestricted Freeskate, while brother Benjamin competed in the Basic Grad-beginner Boys Compulsory taking second overall, and first in Maine.
Julia Gilman, of Falmouth placed first and claimed gold for the event and the Maine Games, while Sarena Hall of Topsham finished fifth overall but second in Maine in the Pre-preliminary Girls Unrestricted Freeskate.
Laura Carter, of Falmouth finished fourth overall and first in Maine in the Juvenile Girls Restricted Freeskate. Brother Dane, was in the Intermediate Men Unrestricted Freeskate where he took the gold medal over all as well as in Maine and also doubled up in the Intermediate Menís Short Program with gold. Sister Gemma Carter also competed in the Juvenile Girls Compulsory as well as the Juvenile Girls Unrestricted Freeskate where she came in second overall and first in Maine.
Mackenzie Homer, of Durham finished second overall and first in Maine in the Intermediate Girls Unrestricted Freeskate, while Charlotte Firestone of Bangor competed in the Intermediate Unrestricted Freeskate where she claimed third over all and first in Maine, and the Intermediate Ladies Short Program.
In the Senior Ladies Unrestricted, Monica Laverdiere, of Eliot skated and took third over all and won first in Maine. She also competed in the Senior Ladies Short Program and won the overall gold and Maine Games gold.
Jordan Driscoll, of Yarmouth, finished fourth overall and first in Maine in the Novice Ladies Short Program.
Overall 73 athletes competed in the event which has been offered since 1999. This year, for the first time, athletes from Vermont and Maine were invited to compete. The event is the official exclusive qualifier for athletes to compete at the State Games of America, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, next August.