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Dartmouth figure skating team wins fourth consecutive national championship

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 04/17/07 • Kelly Seaman • (603) 646-3661

Sarah Alexander '10
Sarah Alexander '10 competes in the U.S. Intercollegiate Figure Skating Team Championships, which were held in Thompson Arena April 14 and 15.

The Dartmouth Figure Skating Team won the U.S. Intercollegiate Figure Skating Team Championships trophy for the fourth time in as many years last weekend, outskating second- and third-place teams from the University of Delaware and Boston University. The nation's top collegiate figure skating teams competed at Thompson Arena April 14 and 15. "This was the culmination of lots of hard work and it was a wonderful weekend for the team, Dartmouth Athletics, and the College," says Coach Loren McGean '92.

Skaters Katherine Kalaris '07 and Nicole Newman '08 had notably successful performances, winning the junior and senior ladies long program events, respectively. Daniel Dittrick '08, who organized and managed the championship event as well as competing in it, placed second in two ice dancing events. The Intercollegiate Championships are a program of U.S. Figure Skating, the official governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States.

Vital to the Figure Skating Team's tradition of success is the team's father-daughter coaching line-up of Michael McGean'49 and Loren McGean '92. The senior McGean, 1950 world ice dancing champion, and former secretary of the College, was honored at a testimonial luncheon on April 13 given by the Class of 1949. Speakers included President James Wright '64A, members of the College and Upper Valley communities, and Amy Stetson '00, the skating team's founder. Wright praised McGean's teamwork, leadership, drive to excel, and sense of responsibility- all, he said, values that Dartmouth stands for. Wright also attended the April 15 awards ceremony and presented the Dartmouth team with the championship trophy.

During the luncheon, the creation of the Mike McGean Endowment Fund, in support of Dartmouth's figure skating program, was announced. Stetson, recalling the team's origins ten years ago ("There wasn't a team-we fixed that") expressed thanks to Dartmouth - "a school that listens to students with passions" - and to the alumni who support the College and the students. The Class of 1964 adopted the championships as a class project, and with the further support of individual contributions from members of the class, was the principal sponsor of the events.

"We are so appreciative to the Class of 1964 for their support and for generously sponsoring Nationals," says McGean. "We are also grateful for the commitment President Wright showed in coming to the rink and spending time with the team. To have him present us with the trophy for our unprecedented 'four-peat' was a very special honor."

The Figure Skating Team's dedication and success is emblematic of the increasing presence and vitality of club sports at Dartmouth. The College fields 28 club teams, including 13 that compete at the intercollegiate level.

EDITOR'S NOTE: National Public Radio's "Only a Game" program featured the Dartmouth Figure Skating Team on its April 21 show. Hear the feature here.

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