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Sat, 10 Nov 2012

PARKSVILLE—With just one day remaining here in the BC-Yukon Sectional championships,the entire team that will represent the Section at the Skate Canada Challenge next month in Regina will be known by mid-afternoon Sunday.

The top four finishers in Pre-Novice through Senior events qualify to go on to Challenge Dec. 5-9. The top finishers there travel down the road to compete at the Skate Canada national Junior and Senior championships in mid-January. It is believed the BC-Yukon Section will be sending a team of 58 to Challenge.

The evening wasn’t without an upset as reigning national Junior champion Mitchell Gordon of Connaught SC fashioned an inspired free skate to upset the country’s number three ranked male skater Jeremy Ten.

Ten had gone into the free skate as the leader after the short program, leading Gordon by just over three points. But Ten faltered badly in the free program while Gordon outscored Ten 135.25 to 118,72 and won it all with a great score of 196.65 to Ten’s 183.88.

The junior men’s title was won by Connaught’s Shawn Cuevas who defeated the competition’s only other entrant, Kurtis Hori, 134.53 to 108.05. Cuevas also won the short program.

On her way to Challenge is Jacqueline Lenuik of Terrace who went wire-to-wire in Senior women’s, capturing both the sdhort program and free dance to end with 97.31 points. She was followed by Coquitlam’s Larissa Horobec (95.50) and Coquitlam’s Rebecca Hayman (79.87)

North Shore Winter Club’s Eric Liu can look forward to his Regina trip. He won the novice men’s title on Saturday finishing with 105.78 points to finish ahead of Vancouver’s Alexander Lawrence (103.58) and the leader after the short program, Adonis Wong of North Shore who finished with 99.44 points.

Burnaby’s Veniamins Volskis came from second after the short program to grab the Men’s Pre-Novice title with 73.35 points while the short program leader, Oliver Astren of Port Coquitlam, finished second with 71.93 points. Coquitlam’s Benjam Papp won the bronze medal with 63.26 points.

Ice dancers had their day to perform their free dances and it was left to Canadian Grand Prix competitors Caelen Dalmer and Shane Firus of Vancouver to score an impressive victory in the Junior event. Winners as well in the short dance portion of their event, they took the title with 121.30 points.

The only other competitors in the Junior dance, Jessica Jiang and Eric Streichsbier of Inlet/Victoria clubs won the silver medal with 94.30 points.

Burnaby’s Danielle Wu and Spencer Soo compiled 83.91 points after their free dance to take the Novice Danc e title, followed by Alexa Linden and Tyler Miller (Inlet/Abbotford) with 78,35 points and Gingrich and Liam Kinrade of Victoria (66.77).

The Pre-novice crown is now being worn by Coquitlam’s Olga Kubily and Thomas Bogdanov who put together a score of 51.65 to defeat Karlissa Lem and Le Vu of Juan de Fuca (45.44) and Ravie Cunningham and Cedar Bridgewood of Saanich (44.00).

The championships conclude Sunday with an 8:30 a.m. start and features the only two competitions left, Novice and Junior women’s free skate.