Skater falls short of championships berth (11/25/09)

Emily Young finishes sixth in sectionals

Nov. 25, 2009

By Greg Elias

Observer staff

A skater from Williston just missed earning a berth in the national championships during a sectional competition held last weekend at the University of Delaware.


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Williston figure skater Emily Young, pictured above, skates in a past event. At a sectional competition held at the University of Delaware last weekend, the 18-year-old finished sixth out of 13 skaters in the senior ladies division.

Emily Young finished sixth out of 13 skaters competing in the senior ladies division. The top four skaters in each division move on to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

The 18-year-old placed second in a regional qualifier held last month in Burlington. But the sectionals were a sterner test, drawing the best skaters from 18 eastern states.

Young was in seventh place after the short program. A graceful long program helped her move up in the standings but she did not hit a triple jump, according to Vicki Hilderbrand, a Williston resident who officiated at the sectionals.

“Her elegant spins and spirals were awarded by the judges,” Hilderbrand wrote in an e-mail. “Unfortunately, she could not break into the top four (who go on to the Nationals) without a triple.”

Young grew up in Williston and currently lives in the Boston area. Her parents, Todd and Elizabeth, and younger sister, Andrea, still live in Williston.

Another local skater, University of Vermont student Allison Krein, a member of the Champlain Valley Skating Club, finished just behind Young in seventh place.

One Vermont skater did advance to the national championship to be held in January in Spokane, Wash. Kendall Wyckoff of Panton placed second in the junior ladies division.