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Three Times a Charm

The Dartmouth figure skating team was all smiles after winning its third straight victory at the U.S. Intercollegiate Team Skating Championships on April 2. Competing at San José State University in California, the 14 members of Dartmouth's team placed first in eight events and scored 96 points for the win, 37 points ahead of second place Boston University.

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Members of the Dartmouth figure skating team with their 2006 national championship trophy. In the back row at right are coaches J. Michael McGean '49 and Loren McGean '92. (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)

"This championship is a tremendous honor for all of us and the College," says Coach Loren McGean '92. The team has the benefit of top-notch coaching from McGean and her father, J. Michael McGean '49, former secretary of the college at Dartmouth and the 1950 World Ice Dancing Champion, a title he won with his wife, the late Lois Waring McGean '84.

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Team Captain Taylor Grant '06 skating in intercollegiate competition. (Photo by Ben Bostick)

The young team (it was founded in 1997) boasts an impressive roster of talent. Four team members—Katie Collins '06, Dan Dittrick '08, Taylor Grant '06, and Nicole Newman '08—are gold-medal level skaters. "A gold medalist has gone through years of practice and testing to earn the top level of achievement. The U.S. Figure Skating tests are an increasingly difficult series of programs and routines, judged by a panel of nationally trained judges," says McGean.

The team wrapped up its undefeated season with a special exhibition performance on April 9, offered in conjunction with the Upper Valley United Way, to thank the community for its generous support.

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Last Updated: 12/17/08