Local ice skaters to compete in regional championships

ice skaters by Anne Schefter
More than 350 ice skaters ages 7 to 18 will compete in the 1996 Northwest Pacific Regional Figure Skating Championships to be held November 8-11 at the Olympicview Ice Arena in Mountlake Terrace.
    The Seattle Skating Club is hosting the event, which will include competition in singles, pairs and dance events.
    Skaters from the Bothell-Woodinville area competing this week and their events include:    Each youth passed United States Figure Skating Association tests in order to compete at this level, said Teg Wenker, vice president of the Seattle Skating Club and mother of Sarah, 13, who will compete in the novice ladies freeskate event.
    "Every kid puts in a significant amount of time per day to practice," said Wenger. She said 3 to 4 hours was about average. The skaters practice before and after school, with some on the ice at 6:15 a.m., she said.
    Wenger advised aspiring skaters to begin with "a good, solid, learn-to-skate program," such as those offered at Kingsgate and SnoKing Ice Arenas. Most of the skaters in this competition started out that way, she said.
    The top 4 skaters in each qualifying event at this comptetition will next compete in the Pacific Coast Sectional Championships at Burbank, California in December. From there, qualifiers advance to the National Championships at San Jose, California in January.
    For a schedule of events, ticket sales, or directions to the arena, call 672-9012.