McGill wins double bronze at OUA championships


Published: 20Feb2009

By Earl Zukerman

TORONTO – Freshman Catherine De Vries of Burlington, Ont., and the duo of Sarah Falk and Alexa Gavaga came away with bronze medal finishes for McGill at the 2009 OUA figure skating championships, held at Varsity Arena, Feb. 18-19.

De Vries, an arts major, was third in open solo dance. Falk, a freshman from Vancouver, B.C., and Gavago, a sophomore from Anola, Man., teamed up to reach the podium in the intermediate similar pairs.

Guelph dethroned the defending champions from the University of Western Ontario to capture the league title with 93 points. Queen’s was second with 87, followed by Western (64), Toronto (50), Waterloo (39), Laurier (40), Ryerson (35) and McGill (45).

“Although we did not succeed as much as we would have liked there were some major accomplishments,” said Ciara Ball, co-president of the McGill club. “The biggest one being the sixth-place finish in the synchronized skating, an event in which McGill has traditionally been in last place. After all the hard work and dedication put in by the team, it was a major accomplishment for us.”

Other McGill results included Lee Freiburger, who was fifth in the men’s open skate category, Teresa Miletti was seventh in the ladies gold skate and Marita Winslade was seventh in the senior silver skate,

In the junior silver similar dance, Falk teamed up with Nina Mikalachki to place sixth. In the senior silver similar dance, the duo of Winslade and Kelly Graham were seventh.

McGill also posted eighth-place finishes in the pairs four (Miletti, Haley Ellis, Geneviève Rougeau, Caitlin Singleton), the senior similar pairs (Rougeau and Ball), the Starskate gold creative dance (De Vries and Jill Barbano) and in the bronze rhythm dance fours (Ball, Barbano, Winslade and Kelly-Marie Graham).

The final event of the season is the annual McGill figure-skating showcase, scheduled for March 14 at McConnell Arena.

The Gryphons led from start to finish in the two-day event, capturing only the OUA team title for the first time since 1993-94.

Guelph’s all-star trio of Ariel Porty (Guelph, Ont.), Sandra McCubbin (Barrie, Ont.) and Laura Barbison (Brampton, Ont.) led the way. Porty was golden in the open solo dance and partnered with Barbison to capture a second gold in the senior silver similar dance category. Barbison, Porty, McCubbin and Caitlin McCann (Barrie, Ont.) again stood atop the podium in the bronze rhythm dance fours.

McCubbin claimed a second gold in the senior silver solo dance as did teammate Charlotte Drewett (Cambridge, Ont.) in the senior silver ladies event.

Rhonda McKnight of Queen’s, who guided her squad to a surprising second-place finish, was named OUA coach of the year.


Laura Barbison – Guelph
Annie-Claire Bergeron-Oliver – Toronto
Alitsha Burden – Laurier
Martha Carruthers – Queen’s
Charlotte Drewett – Guelph
Sarah Farrow – Queen’s
Katie Finerty – Queen’s
Veronica Hall – Toronto
Stacey Henderson – Toronto
Caitlin McCann – Guelph
Sandra McCubbin – Guelph
Caroline Myzyk – Waterloo
Ariel Porty – Guelph
Cathryn Schroeder – Queen’s
Lydia Schultz – Toronto
Emily Young – Queen’s
Janel Young – Queen’s

OUA Coach of the Year
Rhonda McKnight – Queen’s

OUA Spirit Award


1. Guelph 93 pts
2. Queen’s 87
3. Western 64
4. Toronto 50
5. Waterloo 39
6. Laurier 40
7. Ryerson 35
8. McGill 15

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