The City of Worcester asked us to demo at their public rink “The Worcester Oval” in Worcester this past Sunday. Bay Staters Jen, Hugh, Jori, Julie, James, Raul, Maura, and Tod represented the club on the ice while Todd Zaorski announced and Mike Powers helped answering questions from the crowd of 100+ spectators.
Luckily, the weather and the ice were good – the rink was challenging in shape and size but the demonstration did a great job of showing some basic short track skills via start, a pace line, and relays.
Kim Benner acted as the official photographer, see the rest of her pictures. Thanks Kim!
This past weekend, February 1 and 2, the US Junior Short Track Championships were held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Pettit National Ice Center. Four Baystate skaters, Betsy Richards, Nicole Nassif, Jori Kola and Julie Letai, as well as several skaters from our neighbors in Connecticut, qualified for this competition. They were collectively known as the North East Speedskating Team, or NEST, and coached by Dave Moneypenny.
All competitors skated 9 and 4 lap Time Trials which sorted them into Group 1 (1st – 16th fastest times) and Group 2 (17th – 32nd fastest times). US citizens 12 years old but under 14 years old are only eligible for Group 2. Those who place 1 – 4 in Group 1 are chosen for the US Junior World Team.
Throughout the weekend the spectators were treated to some exciting and hair raising racing!
In the overall Group 2 Ladies standings Betsy placed 3rd and brought home a bronze medal. She has spent the last 6 months living in Wisconsin and training with former Olympian Katherine Reutter in Milwaukee. Nicole and Julie placed 6th and 7th in the same division. Jori placed 6th with the Group 2 Men. They all tried their hearts out and did a superior job representing Baystate at one of the highest levels of junior competition.
Ryan Piverotto who, until very recently, trained with CT Speedskating in Hartford, placed 4th in Group 1 Men securing a spot on the Junior World Team! He also skated last month in the 2014 US Olympic Trials. He has been training in Salt Lake City, Utah, and continues to be a huge encouragement for Baystate and CT skaters.
Congratulations for a job well done to all our Olympic hopefuls. Now time to turn our eyes to Sochi!
Good luck to Bay Staters Betsy Richards, Nicole Nassif, Julie Letai, and Jori Kola in Milwaukee for US Junior Short Track Nationals! See live results at http://results.wrandco.com/ Thanks to Dave Moneypenny (left) for helping to coach and mentor the crew!
Congratulations to Bay Staters Jerebelle Yutangco (4th!) and Betsy Richards (13th!) for some great skating at AmCup II in Blaine MN. For full results see http://www.usspeedskating.org/sites/default/files/AmCup2%20Final.pdf
Once again, Bay State Speedskating hosted the Special Olympics of Massachusetts for their annual speedskating meet in Walpole. With over 35 competitors and 25 races squeezed into 2.5 hours of skating, the event was a huge success and lots of fun for the Special Olympics and volunteers.
Thanks so much to our volunteers Hugh Johnston, Jean & Becky Vangsness, Jen & Jori Kola, Nicole Nassif, Dan Butler, James Benner, David Bernard, Julie Letai, and Tod Shannon for making this event possible.
A fun event for all master’s skaters – not just the fastest! Help support international master’s competitions by attending! The event is in Ottawa, Canada, about a 7-hour drive from Boston.
Good luck to all our skaters competing at the CT Short Track January Thaw race this Sunday!