Best of Luck To Our 2018 Eastern Sectional Competitors

Aston, PA – On behalf of everyone at Premier Orthopaedics IceWorks Skating Complex we would like to wish all of the skaters representing the IceWorks Skating Club competing at the 2018 Eastern Sectional Figure Skating championships in Boxborough, Massachusetts and 2018 Pacific Coast Sectional Figure Skating Champions in Spokane, Washington from November 14th – 19th the best of luck.  Read below to learn more about the competitors representing the IceWorks Skating Club. 

Representing IceWorks Skating Club

Julia Biechler & Damian Dodge – Senior Dance – Biechler and Dodge represented the United States this season at the Finlandia Trophy in Finland, The U.S. International Classic in Salt Lake City, Utah and the Lake Placid Ice Dance International in Lake Placid, New York.  This is the team’s second season competing at the Senior Level and have been representing Team USA for the past three years.  Their Short Dance features music by Ariana Grande and Pit Bull, their Free Dance is comprised of Lenny Kravitz’s smash hit American Woman, I put a Spell on You by Joe Cocker and the White Strips hit single Seven Nation Army.  The two Pennsylvania natives are coached by Yovanny Durango.

Daria Popova & Cameron Colucci – Junior Dance – Popova and Colucci won the silver medal in Short Dance and Bronze in Free Dance at the 2017 Challenge Cup.  This is the first season as a team for Popoca and Colucci.  Their Short Dance is performed to Mujuer Latinas by Thalia, the Free Dance program features music from the Oscar Award winning movie La La Land.  Popova and Colucci are coached by Slava Uchitel.  

Matthew Kennedy – Novice Men Singles –  Kennedy, heads back to Sectionals after a 4th place finish last season at the Intermediate level.  All of Me by John Legend is Kennedy’s Short Program music and Shine on You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd is the theme to Matthew’s Long Program.  This season Matthew competed at the Philadelphia Summer Championships and 2018 South Atlantic Regional Championships, where he qualified for Sectionals.  Matthew is coached by Marcia Walkney and Elizabeth Hollett Shackett.

Kelsey Schaub and Anthony Haddad – Intermediate Dance –  Schaub and Haddad will compete at Sectionals in their first season together as a team.  The duo won the Silver medal at the 2017 Challenge Cup.  Their Free Dance is skated to the Theme Song of the popular 60s TV Show, Bewitched.  They are coached by Leif Gislason.    

Heleyna Walton – Juvenile Girls Singles –  Walton took the Silver medal at the 2018 South Atlantic Regional Championships to qualify for this year’s Sectionals.  Her Free Skate program features the Song Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend.  This is Heleyna’s first time competing at Eastern Sectionals.  She is coached by Megan Williams-Stewart and Leif Gislason.

Meryl Shackett and Kenny Eckert – Juvenile Dance –  In their first competitive season as a Dance Team, Shackett and Eckert won the Bronze medal at  the 2017 Challenge Cup.  Their Free Dance program music is Stray Cat Strut and Rock This Town by the Stray Cats.  Shackett and Eckert are coached by Elizabeth Hollett Shackett, Pavel Filchenkov and Oleg Fediukov.    

Julia Epps and Blake Gilman – Juvenile Dance –   This is their second year competing as a team but will be the first appearance for the duo at Sectionals.  Epps and Gilman captured the silver medal at the 2017 Challenge Cup.  Their Free Dance is performed to Candy Man.  Epps and Gilman are coached by Slava Uchitel.  

Training at IceWorks Skating Complex

Ting Cui – Junior Ladies – Ting trains at IceWorks Skating Complex, with head coach Vincent Restencourt.  She is part of Team USA, winning the Gold medal at the Bavarian Open in Germany and finishing 6th at the Junior Grand Prix Australia.  This is Ting’s first season competing at the Junior level after winning Silver at the 2017 U.S. Figure Skating National Championships.  

Sarah Jung – Novice Ladies –  Sarah also trains at IceWorks Skating Complex with coaches Vincent Restencourt and Pavel Filchenkov.  Sarah won the Silver medal at the 2018 South Atlantic Regionals.  This is the first time Sarah has qualified for Sectionals.