Local skaters compete at Bay State Games
Berkshire County sent a ton of figure skaters to the Bay State Games this past weekend in Williamstown.
Athletes from the Pittsfield Figure Skating Club and Christmas Brook Figure Skating Club took part in a series of routines at the Lansing Chapman Rink at Williams College.
Among them were a handful of gold medalists and countless other accomplishments.
Locals picked up two podium spots in the PreJuvenile Girls Test Track Group 3, Intermediate Ladies Test Track and Adult Silver Ladies Free Skating.
At the intermediate level, Pittsfield 15-year-old Daniella Santamarina skated her heart out and the judges recognized with four 1s and a 2, delivering her a Bay State Games gold medal.
In the same event, 18-year-old PHS senior Aimee Boulais received three 3s to secure a bronze medal.
In the PreJuvenile Group 3, it was Yvonne Koperek of North Adams coming up with four 1s and a gold medal. Koperek only barely edged out Cheshire's Hannah Fuller, who collected five 2s from the judges for silver.
In the Adult Silver Ladies division, Danielle Furlong of Adams and Lara Shore-Sheppard of Pownal, Vermont secured podium spots in second and third. Furlong picked up four 2s, while Sheppard swept the judges for 3s.
Samantha Whittum was another winner in the PreJuvenile Girls Test Track Group 2. Skating in front of a hometown Williamstown crowd, the local picked up three 1s to earn gold.
Pittsfield Figure Skating Club staple Katie Malone-Smith took home first prize in the Adult Bronze Ladies Free Skating division. The Hinsdale resident claimed all five 1s from the judges.
Out of Christmas Brook, Ayla Senecal earned a silver medal in the Open FS Platinum division.
Picking up a bronze medal in the Preliminary Girls Test Track Group 3 was Pittsfield 15-year-old Briana Palmieri with a 6-3-10-2-1 from the judges.
Joining Palmieri in her division were Madison Quinn of Pittsfield, who landed fourth, Caroline Gillette, another Pittsfield youth who landed a strong seventh, and Richmond's Hannah Masiero in 10th.
The Berkshires' final medal winner was Sophia Mele, a 13-year-old from Pittsfield Figure Skating Club, who earned bronze in the Preliminary Girls Test Track Group 3with a 2-4-4-2-4.
Just behind her was Richmond's Anna Rawson in fourth, Pittsfield's Alayna Schwarzer in seventh and Maia Sheppard of Pownal in eighth.
Joining Koperek and Fuller in Juvenile Girls Test Track Group 3 was Adams' Emily Daigneault in fourth and Sage Kampitsis of Brattleboro, Vermont in seventh.
Grace Miller of Williamstown rode the home crowd and a precise routing to a fifth-place finish in the PrePreliminary Girls Free Skating Group 2.
Following up Santamarina and Boulais show-stoppers was Dalton 16-year-old Rebecca Drager, who turned in a solid eighth in the tough Intermediate division.
In the PrePreliminary Girls Test Track Group 4, Dalton's Amanda Drager was sixth, followed by Dakota Marquis of Lanesborough in seventh.
Christmas Brook skaters Cordelia Moran and Haley Wood each took home sixth place finishes in the Open FS Bronze division.
Shaleigh Levesque of Adams picked up a No. 6 spot as well in the Preliminary Girls Free Skating Group 2.
In the PrePreliminary Girls Test Track Group 3, Stockbridge's Ashley Kopiec was ninth.
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