Local skaters perform well at Nationals


The 2008 BMO Skate Canada Junior Nationals took place Jan. 30 – Feb. 2 in Ottawa. A number of skaters represented clubs from the greater Hamilton/Burlington area at this event, several placing in the top ten.

Novice Women’s competitor Rylie McCulloch-Casarsa represented the Burlington SC. She finished sixth in a field of 18 skaters with a score of 88.94. Her personal best score is 105.71 points, which is still the Canadian Novice Ladies’ record.

Wentworth SC’s Brittany Doleman, along with partner Dylan Simpson placed 14th in Novice Dance in their first season together. Their score was 59.14.

In Pre-Novice Women skaters, Christina Liao, Elizabeth Liao and Anastasia Gasbarrini all represent the Burlington SC. Christina placed sixth with 75.57 points in her second trip to Junior Nationals.

Elizabeth placed eighth with 73.85 points and Anastasia placed twelfth with 71.64 points. This is the second trip to Junior Nationals for Elizabeth and Anastasia.