Super skaters

Two QFS club girls get off to a great start, while another wraps up her season.

Madison Nickolet and Selena Van Aert stand with medals in the Twin Arena.

The Quesnel Figure Skating Club sent skaters south twice this month, with an early trip to Parksville and a later trip to White Rock.

Last weekend Madison Nickolet and Selena Van Aert were in White Rock for the Jingleblades competition.

Nickolet competed in the STAR 4 over 13 category (group two). She placed first in her group, with a score of 17.62.

“I think it was the best skate of the season for me,” she said.

Van Aert competed in the Gold Ladies event, taking third with 29.95 points for the Pond to Podium STARSkate Super Series, which she hopes to improve on.

“I felt like my performance was good, but I didn’t do well on my jumps,” she said.

Last year she finished second over all in the category and hopes to best that this year. With a third after an unsatisfactory skate, she believes she has the potential to achieve it.

“I’m imagining what I could do with a clean skate,” she said.

The skaters accumulated three highest tournament scores by March 2013, at the Super Series Final, will determine their provincial ranking.

Olivia Marleau kicked off the month with a trip down to Parksville, Nov. 8-11 for the BC/YT Sectional Championships.

Marleau placed 16th in the competition, a placement she wasn’t quite happy with, having placed as high as fourth in previous competitions. She finished tenth over all with her long skate, but stumbled during her short.

“My jumps just weren’t there that day,” she said.

Accumulating points over the course of three competitions, Marleau finished seventh in the Pre-Novice Category in the BC/YT Section, her earlier places pushing her score up.

Next up for the competitors is the Cariboots’n’Blades competition held in Williams Lake Dec. 7-9.

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