A trio of Wasatch Figure Skating Club members will begin competing today at the Junior National Championships in East Lansing, Mich., after having placed in the Top 4 at their regional championships.
Mitchell Freiss, an intermediate men's skater who placed third overall at the Central Pacific Regional Championships held Oct. 21-25 in Santa Rosa, Calif. Freiss was in first place after the short program, took third in the long program and came away with the bronze medal.
He also won the Special Achievement Award presented by U.S. Figure Skating to the skater who has the highest points for spins in both the short and long programs.
Freiss has been skating with Wasatch Figure Skating Club coaches Karel and Amanda Kovar since he was 7 years old.
Amanda Verheydt and Isabeau Hills competed at the juvenile level against a field of 32 skaters from the Northwest Pacific region. Both advanced out of their qualifying rounds and also earned the special achievement award for having highest points on spins in their respective rounds and other techincal skills.
In the final round, Verheydt took the gold with an unprecedented score of 51.07. Hills also advanced to the final round where she earned fourth place overall. In the final round, Hills was honored for the overall highest total points for spins.
The two are second club members as they reside in Rock Springs, Wyo., and are coached by the Kovars.