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Figure Skating Wins National Championship

For the fourth time in as many years, the Dartmouth figure skating team has won the U.S. Intercollegiate Figure Skating Team Championships. Dartmouth hosted the 2007 championships at Thompson Arena April 14 and 15. "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.

Vital to the figure skating team's tradition of success is its 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. The Class of 1964 adopted the championships as a class project and was the principal sponsor of the events.

The team was featured in a segment titled "Dartmouth's New Dynasty" on the April 21 program of Only A Game, a weekly syndicated radio program produced by WBUR Radio in Boston and broadcast by 140 National Public Radio stations nationwide.

By KELLY SEAMAN


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Last Updated: 12/17/08