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JGP Final 2013/2014
December 5–8, 2013
Congratulations to all PSC skaters who recently competed at Sectionals! Complete results are available on Ice Network.
Jeffrey Chen 2nd - on to Nationals!
Callen Zadrozny 9th
Jonathan Ko 12th
Jennifer Huang 2nd - on to Nationals!
Reena and Leon Wu 4th - on to Nationals!
Megan Stenman 3rd - on to Nationals!
Megan Yeh and Callen Zadrozny 6th
Lily Sun 3rd - on to Nationals!
Kaytlin Smith and Alain Sandraz 6th
Cindy Zihan Yang 9th
Sarah Feng 1st - on to Nationals!
Elliot Verburg 2nd - on to Nationals!
Alexandria Yao and Connor Fleming 3rd - on to Nationals!
Juliette Erickson and Alexander Brauner 6th
Lyle Kosinski 7th
Amy Lin 1st - on to Nationals!
Evan Bender 4th - on to Nationals!
Sammi Wren 3rd - on to Nationals!
Nicholas Taylor 4th - on to Nationals!
Junior Dance (Eastern Sectionals)
Damian Dodge 1st - on to Nationals!
Elliana Pogrebinsky 2nd - on to Nationals!
Bradley Lawrence 3rd - on to Nationals!
Gwendolyn Prescott 10th
Sochi Send-off Party
Join us after club ice on Thursday, January 30 at 6:15pm at Sharks Ice in San Jose to cheer on Polina Edmunds as she prepares to leave for her Olympic competition! Let's send her to Sochi with the full support of her home club!
We are saddened to learn that Emma Perez, mother of PSC president Rick Perez, passed away on Friday, November 8. Our condolences to Rick and his family.
Sue Stokes Memorial Trophy Recipient
Congratulations to PSC member Karen Pieper!
"The Bay Area Ice Dancers have awarded the first Susan Haruta Stokes Memorial Trophy to a BAID ice dancer, Karen Pieper.
Karen has battled multiple hardships with great spirit and determination. Through it all she has pursued her love of ice skating, competed in ice dancing, and has been an inspiration to the rest of us ice dancers.
The loss of Susan Stokes was a loss to the ice skating community and especially to BAID. Susan was a founder of BAID some thirty-one years ago and had been a consistent participant and supporter."
Karen Chen wins gold at JGP Slovakia!
Polina Edmunds wins gold at JGP Mexico!
Polina Edmunds won gold in her Junior Grand Prix debut in Mexico! Congratulations!
Congratulations to PSC skaters at JGP Latvia
Karen Chen won her first Junior Grand Prix medal at JGP Latvia - Bronze. Lorraine McNamara and her partner took Silver in dance, and Elliana Pogrebinsky and her partner took 4th. Congratulations to all!
Club ice on Oct 2nd will be dedicated to dance only. Normal club ice cost applies. Please see Rosanna Ochoa if you have questions.
Chen featured on Ice Network
PSC member Karen Chen was recently featured in this article on ice network.com. Congrats Karen!
Congratulations Regionals Qualifiers!
Seven PSC members earned medals at the Central Pacific Regional Championships in Vacaville and have qualified for Pacific Coast Sectionals in Oakland to be held November 20-23:
Lily Sun (4th) - Intermediate Ladies
Amy Lin (1st) - Junior Ladies
Jeffrey Chen (1st), Jonathan Ko (2nd), Callen Zadrozny (3rd) - Juvenile Boys
Cindy Zihan Yang (4th) - Novice Ladies
Gwendolyn Prescott (4th) - Senior Ladies
Congratulations and Good Luck!
Three PSC Junior Grand Prix Finalists!
Congratulations to our 3 JGP Finalists: Polina Edmunds (ladies), Karen Chen (ladies), and Lorraine McNamara (dance). The Junior Grand Prix Finals will be held December 5-8 in Fukuoka, Japan.
Sectionals Exhibition on Club Ice this Thursday, November 14, at 5:15 PM at Sharks Ice - San Jose. Please come out to cheer on PSC competitors!
Warm-up (6 minutes)
Callen Zadrozny- Juvenile Boys
Cindy Zihan Yang- Novice Ladies
Jeffrey Chen- Juvenile Boys
Polina Edmunds- Artistic Program
Juliette Erickson & Alexander Brauner- Novice Pairs
Warm-up (6 minutes)
Megan Stenman & Albert Zheng-
Callen Zadrozny & Megan Yeh-
Connor Fleming & Alexandria Yao- Novice Pairs
Juliette Erickson & Alexander Brauner-Novice Pairs (Freeskate)
Club Ice Exhibition Thursday 9/19
Come cheer on PSC competitors at the club ice exhibition Thursday at 5:15pm at Sharks Ice San Jose.
Updated Schedule is now available.
Silicon Valley Open
Results now available on the SVO Results page.
Theater on Ice
Congratulations to Redwood City Ice Theatre who placed 7th in the Junior Division at the 2013 National Theatre on Ice competition in Troy, OH!
Time to Renew!
It's that time again- membership renewal. You must renew before you can compete in this summer's competitions! All the information and link to online renewal (Entry Eeze) is on the MEMBERSHIP page.
New SJ Test Chair
Many thanks to Angela Kuhlman for her service as Test Chair in San Jose for our Moves and Freestyle tests. Miroslava Yau has volunteered to replace her. Revised application with her contact information is now on the TESTING INFO page. Thanks Miroslava!
The VacaValley FSC is also in need of volunteers to help with the Central Regional Championships in October. Contact Mark.
2013-2014 Board of Directors
Congratulations to our board of directors elected at the annual meeting:
President- Rick Perez
Vice President- Beshara Elmufdi
Members at Large: Ellen Izuka, Rosanna Ochoa, Nandini Shankar, Diana Sunshine, Kanae Tagawa
Announcement and entry link are now available for the CCIA competition to be hosted by Santa Rosa FSC.
Congrats to Joan Burns who was honored for 50 years of judging within USFSA and Internationally. Joan has had a long history (1960)- with the club has been President, test chair,club session chair, was instrumental in the merger of 3 clubs into one-(Silver Edge, CrystalSprings and El Camino) into Peninsula SC. Was a board member of the USFSA and Membership chairman of USFSA. Thanks Joan for all your contribution to PSC and USFSA!
Athlete Ambassador Award
Congratulations to Amy Lin the reigning U.S. novice silver medalist, who received this award from US Figure Skating. Amy is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and was awarded High Honor Roll from California Capistrano Connections Academy for the 2012-13 year. She volunteers with Hoop Shots, a weekly program for children with special needs, plants trees through the Nature Interpretive Center, has participated in the Annual Ice Dance Weekend exhibition for Bay Area ice dancers since 2008 and performed in both the 2012 Broadway benefit show for the Riverside Icetown Rink and 2013 California Gold SkateFest fundraising exhibition. Congrats!
Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers who made Jubilee a success! We couldn't do it without you! Results are available on the Spring Jubilee Results page.
National Dance Judge
Congratulations to Elyse Matsumoto who was appointed a National Dance Competition Judge at this year's US FIgure Skating Governing Council! Other recent judging appointments: Patt Martin- Gold Singles & Pairs Test Judge; Beshara Elmufdi - Silver Singles & Pairs Test Judge; Bronze Dance Test Judge
At Crystalline Classic Karen and Jeffrey Chen were awarded second place in the recall! Allison Mai received the Michelle Grob Van Dyke Award! Lily Sun won the Marcia Kresge Award! Congrats to all our adult skaters who participated at the Adult National Championships! Check out all the PSC competition results.
Edmunds & Chen bring home the gold!
Congrats to Polina Edmunds and Karen Chen who represented USA and won the junior ladies and advanced novice ladies events respectively at the Gardena Spring Trophy in Italy. Great skates! Check out all the details on Ice Network.
Congrats to all our PSC skaters who participated in the Pacific Coast Adult Sectionals! Check out the 2013 Competition Results for all the details.
World Junior Championships
Congrats to Lorraine McNamara and her partner Quinn Carpenter for placing 9th in Junior Dance at the 2013 ISU World Junior Figure Skating Championship in Milan, Italy!
Results available on the
Winter Skate page! Thanks to all our volunteers- we couldn't of had a successful competition without you!
Congrats to Rick Perez, PSC President, who was presented with the Jimmy Disbrow Award during the National Championships. The annual award honors a member of the skating community who shares Disbrow's passion for life and for skating. Disbrow was a past president of U.S. Figure Skating and also served as an Olympic team leader, chair of the 1998 World Figure Skating Championships and an international judge.
Rick definitely reflects the criteria for the award:
-Zest for life and brings smiles to the faces of people around him
-Selfless and enthusiastic benevolence on behalf of skating and is an inspiration to others
-Vision for skating which both encourages innovation and unites the skating community
In addition to his presidency of our club, Rick is an international judge and recently was the chief referee of the US National Championship in Omaha.
Edmunds wins gold, Chen wins pewter
Congratulations to Polina Edmunds who is the Junior Ladies national champion! Karen Chen came in fourth! Great job ladies!
Lin takes home the silver, McNamara gets bronze
Amy Lin came in second in Novice Ladies at Nationals! Lorraine McNamara received the bronze in Junior Dance. Great skates!
A nice job done by all the PSC skaters who competed at the National Championship in Omaha, Nebraska so far this week:
Junior Ladies: Polina Edmunds, 1st place; Karen Chen, 4th place
Junior Pairs: Cali Fujimoto, 8th place
Junior Dance: Lorraine McNamara, 3rd place; Elliana Pogrebinksy, 5th place; Damian Dodge, 9th place
Novice Ladies: Amy Lin, 2nd place; Sarah Feng, 8th place
Novice Pairs: Juliette Erickson & Connor Fleming, 11th place
Novice Dance: Sarah Feng, 8th place
Juvenile Pairs: Sarah Kuhlman & Callen Zadrozny, 10th place
Juvenile Dance: Kaytlin Smith & Alain Sandraz, 10th place
New Test Chair
We are happy to announce that Toma Ivanitsky has volunteered to take on the role of Redwood City Test Chair. Our thanks to Toma for helping PSC! Test applications have been updated to include her address. See them on the Testing Info page.
Congrats to all the PSC skaters who competed at Sectionals:
Senior Ladies: Sara Billman, 12th place
Junior Dance: Damian Dodge, 3rd place- on to Nationals!
Nicholas Taylor, 5th place,
Junior Ladies: Polina Edmunds, 1st place- on to Nationals!
Karen Chen, 2nd place- on to Nationals!
Gwendolyn Prescott, 5th place
Junior Men: Evan Bender, 9th place
Novice Dance: Sarah Feng, 2nd place- on to Nationals!
Novice Ladies: Amy Lin, 1st place- on to Nationals!
Sarah Feng, 4th place- on to Nationals!
Novice Pairs: Juliette Erickson & Connor Fleming, 2nd place- on to Nationals!
Intermediate Ladies: Sarah Zhang, 5th place
Intermediate Men: Christopher Yamamoto, 6th place
Juvenile Dance: Kaytlin Smith & Alain Sandraz, 3rd place- on to Nationals!
Juvenile Girls:Natalie Feng, 9th place
Juvenile Boys:Jeffrey Chen, 5th place
Juvenile Pairs:Sarah Kuhlman & Callen Zadronzny, 3rd place- on to Nationals!
Junior Dance: Lorraine McNamara, 1st place- on to Nationals!
Eliana Pogrebinsky, 3rd place- on to Nationals!
Junior Pairs: Cali Fujimoto, 3rd place- on to Nationals!
Great job by the PSC skaters who participated in the Central Pacific Regional Championships in Murray, Utah. Congrats to the following skaters who are moving on to Sectionals: Senior Ladies- Sara Billman, 4th place; Junior Ladies- Polina Edmunds, 1st place, Karen Chen, 2nd place, Gwendolyn Prescott, 3rd place; Novice Ladies- Amy Lin, 1st place, Sarah Feng, 2nd place; Intermediate Men- Christopher Yamamoto, 2nd place; Juvenile Girls- Natalie Feng, 3rd place. Get the details on all the qualifying results on Ice Network. Check out all the Competition Results from 2012.
Congrats to Sara Billman for winning the Jean Robinson Memorial Trophy at Skate St Moritz for winning Senior Ladies. Also PSC was well represented at the US Challenge Skate in Utah, September 12th-16th: Sarah Feng, Jessica Reili Santiago, Polina Edmunds, Gwendolyn Prescott, Cali Fujimoto, Juliette Erickson & Connor Fleming. Amy Lin was chosen to participate in the Parade of Champions (8th place) at the National Showcase Competition. Also we are proud to report that Sarah Feng won the Edith Shoemaker Memorial Trophy and Karen Chen won the
Congrats to our members who are attending or recently graduated from the following schools!
Jenessa Adams, Drury University, Springfield, Missouri
Susan Algarne, California State University, San Francisco
Maddison Bullock, University of California, Los Angeles
Cassie Corbin, California State University, San Jose
Janine Kosinski, University of California, Santa Cruz
Liz Martin, Columbia University, New York, New York
Alyssa Rhodes, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon
Megan Richardson, University of San Diego
Nicholas R Taylor, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ
Janice Wang, University of Southern California
Haley Wilshusen, Mira Costa College
Alvina Yau, University of California, Davis
College students, if we missed you on the list please let the webmaster know.
National and International Officials
Congrats to the following PSC officials who recently received National or International appointments:
Alison Hershberger-Filo National Singles & Pairs Competition Judge
Joyce Burden National Theatre on Ice Judge
Joan Burns National Theatre on Ice Judge
Ellen Izuka National Accountant
Rick Perez ISU Synchro Judge
2012-2013 Board of Directors
Congratulations to our board of directors elected at the annual meeting:
President- Rick Perez
Vice President- Beshara Elmufdi
Members at Large: Ellen Izuka, Angela Kuhlman, Rosanna Ochoa, Nandini Shankar, Kanae Tagawa
Congratulations to Karen Chen, Vincent Zhou, and Lorraine McNamara, who were all named to USA Team C by US Figure Skating.
PSC was well represented at Adult Nationals!
Bronze Dance- Laura & Beshara Elmufdi, 3rd place
Gold Solo Dance- Megan Brown , 4th place, Robert Olson, 13th place
Masters Ladies Dramatic Skate I- Megan Brown, 9th place
Masters Ladies Dramatic Skate 3- Elizabeth McGlauflin, 5th place
Masters Intermediate Ladies III, IV- Elizabeth McGlauflin, 2nd place
Adult Gold Dance- Megan Brown & Robert Olson, 3rd place
Championship Master Int/Novice Ladies- Elizabeth McGlauflin, 10th place
PSC was represented in Championship Masters Intermediate/Novice Ladies by Elizabeth McGlauflin, 4th place (qualifies for Adult Nationals) and
Rachel Duran, 7th place. Elizabeth also placed 3rd in the Masters Ladies Dramatic Showcase.
Congrats to Sarah Chen and Cindy Zihan Yang for their accomplishments at the recent Silver Spin Competition. They are the winners respectively of the Belmont Memorial Trophy (best overall Pre-Preliminary 3 skater) and the Silver Spin Trophy (most proficient spinner among the Novice to Senior level competitors). Great job! Check out all our PSC skaters' Competition Results so far this year.
Junior World Team
Congratulations to PSC skater Lauri Bonacorsi who along with her partner Travis Mager placed seventh in Junior Dance at the World Junior Championships in Minsk, Belarus.
Attention High School Seniors!
Several years ago, U.S. Figure Skating launched its Graduating Seniors Program to recognize the achievements of those individuals graduating from high school who continued their training in figure skating while pursuing their academic studies. The purpose of this program is to honor and credit those qualified graduates for their achievements during high school through the presentation of a certificate to the skater during a school function or recognition opportunity. Recognition is proudly awarded on behalf of the U.S. Figure Skating Program Development Committee to those high school graduates who meet the necessary application criteria. The application and more information are available on the USFS website.
We are very saddened to announce the death of Howard Taylor, 93, who passed away suddenly at his home in Walnut Creek on Feb 5, 2012.
Howard was involved with skating for much of his life. He was a Singles, Pairs & Dance Judge and National Referee. He previously served on several committees for U.S. Figure Skating and was also recognized as an honorary member of U.S. Figure Skating's Executive Committee.
A St. Moritz ISC member for more than 50 years, Howard was a dedicated volunteer who served on the club's Board of Directors, including as its President. Over his many decades in support of the sport of figure skating, he helped organize local skating competitions and shows, as well as National and International events held in the Bay Area. Howard was also one of the original organizers of the Central California Interclub Association. His motto was "keep 'em skating!" and he remained supportive of skaters and skating activities for all levels. Howard will be missed by his skating family.
Howard Taylor was the beloved husband of Georgia, father of Donna, Georgia, Diana and Debra and brother of Don. Private funeral services will be held.
PSC Volunteers Recognized
PSC President Rick Perez recently received a letter from US Figure Skating President Pat St. Peter noting all the efforts of our club volunteers who helped make Nationals a success!
Two Novice Champions!
Congrats to Karen Chen and Vincent Zhou who each earned the Novice Singles Championship at the US National Championship in San Jose. PSC is very proud to have you as members of our club!
Great job to all our PSC skaters who are competed at Nationals:
Junior Pairs: Cali Fujimoto, 11th place
Junior Dance:Lauri Bonacorsi, 2nd place, Lorraine McNamara, 3rd place, Eliana Pogrebinksy, 8th place, Damian Dodge, 11th place,
Junior Ladies: Polina Edmunds, 6th place, Gwendolyn Prescott,7th place
Novice Pairs: Nancy Xu & Robert Przepioski, 9th place
Novice Ladies: Karen Chen, 1st place
Novice Men: Vincent Zhou, 1st place
Get all the details on results at ice network.com.
A big thank you to Joyce Burden for 45 years of judging service, to Rosalie Hauer for 35 years, Pat Forbes for 30 years and to Rick Perez and Helen Wong for their 25 years. Our club and sport wouldn't be the same without you and all the time you have dedicated!
Joan Lucas passed away in December. Joan was involved with skating for much of her life as a competitor and an official. She was a member of St. Moritz for more than 50 years and served on the Board, including as President of the club. Joan was a competition and test Judge for singles, pairs and dance as well as a National Referee. We are currently not aware of any living relatives that Joan might have had, but are looking into it with the help of some of her friends. If anyone has any information you can share, please contact the webmaster. Until some issues can be sorted through, we are not sure of any plans for a memorial service or gathering, but we will keep you informed if and when any new information is available.
Joan was very dedicated to the sport of figure skating and she will be missed by her skating family.
Congratulations to all our skaters who participated at Junior Nationals, Dec 10th-14th in East Lansing, MI:
Intermediate Dance: Sarah Feng, 5th place; Caroline Patton, 10th place
Intermediate Ladies (Final Round): Sarah Feng, 8th place; Jessica Reili Santiago, 18th place
Intermediate Men (Qualifying Round A): Christopher Yamamoto, 11th place
Intermediate Pairs: Juliette Erickson & Connor Fleming, 10th place
Juvenile Dance: Alain Sandraz, 16th place
Juvenile Boys (Qualifying Round A): Alain Sandraz, 21st place
Get all the details on Jr National results at ice network
Chen in the News
U.S. Figure Skating announced that Karen Chen has been awarded a grant from the Joyce Komperda Athlete Support Fund. The fund provides support to intermediate, novice and junior athletes who demonstrate financial need. Karen will receive a $5,000 grant to assist her with skating expenses for the 2012 calendar year. Congratulations Karen! In addition, Karen was recently featured in the newspaper..
PSC skaters competed at all three sectional competitions!
Pacific Coast Sectionals:
Robert Przepioski, 9th place
Eliana Pogrebinksy, 1st place- on to Nationals!
Damian Dodge, 4th place- on to Nationals!
Gwendolyn Prescott, 2nd place- on to Nationals!
Polina Edmunds, 3rd place- on to Nationals!
Nancy Xu & Robert Przepioski, 4th place- on to Nationals!
Karen Chen, 1st place- on to Nationals!
Amy Lin, 7th place
Vincent Zhou, 1st place- on to Nationals!
Evan Bender, 5th place
Sarah Feng, 1st place- on to Junior Nationals!
Juliette Erickson & Connor Fleming, 1st place- on to Junior Nationals!
Alain Sandraz, 3rd place- on to Junior Nationals!
Caroline Patton, 1st place- on to Junior Nationals!
Lauri Bonacorsi, 1st place- on to Nationals!
Quinn Carpenter, 3rd place- on to Nationals!
Cali Fujimoto, 4th place- on to Nationals!
Get all the details on results at ice network.com.
Great job by all the PSC skaters who competed in the Central Pacific Regional Championships in Santa Rosa, October 21st - 24th.
Nine PSC skaters have qualified from Centrals to move on!
Pacific Coast Sectionals
Junior Ladies: Gwendolyn Prescott, Polina Edmunds
Novice Ladies: Karen Chen, Amy Lin
Novice Men: Vincent Zhou, Evan Bender
Junior National Championship
Intermediate Ladies: Sarah Feng, Jessica Reili Santiago
Intermediate Men: Christopher Yamamoto
Check out the new CCIA website.
PSC at JGP!
Congrats to Lauri Bonacorsi who represented the USA and earned the bronze medal in Junior Dance with her partner Travis Magers at the Junior Grand Prix in Milan. Great job!
College Bound Skaters
We wish our skaters all the best as they head off to school:
Susan Algarne- Californina State University, San Francisco, CA
Shalini Bhatnagar- University of California, Irvine,CA
Maddison Bullock- University of California, Los Angeles, CA
Cassandra Corbin- California State University, San Jose, CA
Jacquelyn Garces- Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
Michelle Hong- University of California, Berkeley, CA
Christine Hotchkin- University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Aaron Jaffey- Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Jaclyn Johnson- University of Nevada, Reno, NV
Liz Martin- Occidental College, Los Angeles, CA
Elyse Matsumoto- Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
Caitlin Miller- California State University, San Francisco, CA
Taylor Reynolds- California State University San Francisco, CA
Megan Richardson- University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
Erin Tomalonis- Dartmouth University, Dartmouth, NH
Jenessa Whipple- Drury University, Springfield, MO
Chen Wins Award!
Karen Chen won the Betty Sonnhalter Memorial Award at the Rim of the World Open! The award is given to the most outstanding overall performance by a Juvenile through Senior level skater.
Redwood City Ice Theatre Wins!
Congrats to the Redwood City Ice Theatre for their gold medal at the 2011 State Games of America!
We are sorry to report that Art Gershman a thirty year judge and member of the Santa Rosa Figure Skating Club passed away on August 3rd.
Silicon Valley Open
Action pictures now available: Center Rink,
North Rink- Friday and North Rink- Saturday.
Thanks to all the skaters, coaches, officials and volunteers who made this competition a success! Results are being posted on the SVO Results page.
Congrats to our member officials that
received new appointments: Elyse Matsumoto- Gold Dance Test Judge; Alex Furrer- Bronze Singles/Pairs Test Judge; Laura Elmufdi- Silver Singles/Pairs Test Judge.
Some of our PSC skaters received special recognition at the CCIA competition June 25th & 26th:
Angela Case- Highest Total Spins Intermediate Ladies A
Diane Zhou- Highest Total Program Component Intermediate Ladies B
Amy Lin -Highest Total Spins Novice Ladies
Amy Lin -Highest Total Program Component Novice Ladies
Amy Lin -Highest Total Step Sequence - Novice Ladies
Amy Lin -GOE 2+ Majority ñ St. Line Step Seq. - Novice Ladies
Sara Billman- Junior Ladies Artistic Award
Board of Directors
Effective July 11th, Randy Mai resigned his role as President of PSC. In his place Rick Perez has assumed the role. Betsy Anderson is now the Vice President.
McGlauflin goes International
Elizabeth McGlauflin placed fourth in Master Ladies II and third in Master and Gold Ladies II Artistic at the seventh International Adult Figure Skating Competition in Oberstdorf, Germany. Hosted by Deutsche Eislauf-Union and held at Eislaufzentrum Oberstdorf, the event featured 328 skaters representing 26 countries.