A Letter from our captains
Hello! We are so excited to start the 2017-2018 season. It’s been wonderful to both see familiar faces back on campus and also welcome our three newest members: Michaela, Darya, and Sherrina. But, we can’t help but miss our ’17s. It was great seeing you and others at alumni skate, and we hope you all can visit this year!
In addition to working hard on the ice and setting weekly goals with our training buddies, we have also been having a lot of fun getting to know each other off the ice. We held our annual homecoming team dinner, complete with skating trivia, pizza, and amazing homemade baked goods, before participating in the parade. In addition, inspired by the beautiful fall weather we went apple picking together!
We’re looking forward to hitting the ice for our first competition of the season at NYU. We can’t wait to start competing with our goal in mind of qualifying for Nationals!
Most importantly, we want to take the time to say “thank you” to the Friends of Dartmouth Figure Skating for all of your support. Our team is strengthened by our shared passion for skating, love of Dartmouth, and respect and friendship for each other. Some of our best memories with the team are formed through traveling and competing together. Without the continued love and support of our Friends, our season would not be possible; we are so incredibly grateful!
We are looking forward to a great year, and hope you are too! Please continue to stay in touch; we will be live tweeting our competitions and posting to our Instagram to keep you up-to-date on DFSC's results and other activities. Go Big Green!
Jessie and Rachel
A note from our coach
With our competitive season just around the corner, it makes me stop and reflect on last season. It was a whirlwind of a season with four competitions, finals and spring break sandwiched between February 4th and April 2nd. It definitely tested us as students, athletes, and staff. But through it all – great skates, points scored, exciting team maneuvers, cheering from the stands and the never-to-be-forgotten 23 hour delay home from VA -- we have wonderful shared memories.
As we head into this season and the new changes coming to Intercollegiate team skating, I realize how far this sport has come. From the need to add more time to each competition, to lowering the total number of starts submitted by a team, to having the top four teams of each section qualify for Nationals, it shows the growth of talented student athletes across the country.
As we welcome the new 21s, Michaela, Sherrina, and Darya, to our family, it has been great having the 18s, 19s, and 20s back on the ice together and sharing traditions like meals together, training buddies, and Come skate with us and SCAD. I look forward to the new year and seeing many more memories created with the team.
I want to thank all the parents, friends, and alums who have supported us over the years. Without you we could not continue to grow and share this wonderful opportunity with skaters in the Dartmouth community.
With the growing sport we have a lot of work ahead of us but cannot wait to take on the new challenges the season has in store.
I look forward to this season and hope to hear from you or see you in the stands-
October 2017 Update
DFSC had a fantastic homecoming! On Homecoming Friday, we enjoyed a team dinner before the bonfire, participated in the Homecoming parade, and cheered on our 21's as they ran their laps! On Saturday, it was great to see our alumni for some refreshments and skate with them afterwards on their return to Thompson ice.
Practice sessions are full of energy as we are now focusing on preparing for our fall exhibition on October 30 and the NYU Violet Ice Classic in Monsey, NY on November 10-12. We hope you’ll have the opportunity to see us compete!
September 2017 update
COME SKATE WITH DFSC!
HOMECOMING SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2017
We’d love to have you skate with our team at Thompson Arena, 1:15-2:45pm.
Afterwards, there will be a get together in Smoyer Lounge with light refreshments.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO:
HOMECOMING PARADE, OCTOBER 6, 2017
Continuing with tradition, we are looking forward to participating in the Homecoming Parade and cheering on our first years as they run around the bonfire!
SKATING WITH SCAD, OCTOBER 21, 2017
Skating with the Skating Club at Dartmouth is always a fun event we look forward too. It is a great opportunity to connect with skaters in the Upper Valley community.
FALL EXHIBITION, OCTOBER 30, 2017
The Fall Exhibition is an exciting chance to show off our skills in front of our peers and practice our programs before competition. We also enjoy putting together a whole-team group number that concludes the show.
NYU VIOLET ICE CLASSIC, NOVEMBER 10-12, 2017
Our first competition this season is hosted by New York University in Monsey, NY. We are already working hard at practices, eager to have a strong start to the season. We can’t wait to begin another season with the hopes of qualifying for Nationals again.
August 2017 Update
Catch up with Dartmouth Figure skating's summer!
Jessie Anderson ‘18
I spent the summer in Seattle, WA for a software engineering internship at Qualtrics (a survey and data analytics company). I've never lived on the West Coast before, and the Pacific NW turned out to be an awesome place to be in the summer! I spent my weekends hiking, camping, biking, and exploring the city; almost every day was dry, beautiful, and full of sunshine. All in all an incredible experience.
I'm looking forward to my final year of college with a mixture of excitement and nostalgia. The skating team has been central to my life at Dartmouth, and I'm excited to help make this season fun, successful, and memorable!
Charlotte Kuller '20
This summer I interned at Figure Skating in Harlem, which is a nonprofit organization that uses the sport of figure skating to engage underserved girls in education and fitness programs that promote academic success and physical health. Figure Skating in Harlem’s mission is to help the girls they work with grow in “confidence, leadership, and academic achievement.” This mission is fulfilled with their after-school program during the school year and in the summer a six-week camp for girls in first through eighth grade and biweekly workshops and ice time for the high school girls.
As an intern, I was the math coordinator, worked with the education data analyst to collect data on the girls’ academics and experiences in the program, and was a figure skating instructor for thirteen third and fourth graders. It was exciting to work with Figure Skating in Harlem because I was able to use the girls’ and my shared passion for skating to connect with the girls and help them excel in their academics.
Zac Milestone '20
This past summer, I had a really interesting clinical internship with the trauma team at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. I also attended plenty of concerts, snorkeled down in the Florida Keys, and had an awesome time as a DOC Trip Leader for a white water kayaking trip for the incoming ‘21s.
Last year was my first year on the Dartmouth Figure Skating Team. The team provided an instant group of friends who share my love of skating and a way for me to continue the sport. There is a real sense of camaraderie and support among the team members and I am incredibly excited to be the programming co-chair this year!
The DFSC 19s enjoyed an incredible Dartmouth Sophomore Summer! In addition to taking classes, the DFSC 19s spent the summer making countless Ice Cream 4 U trips, relaxing next to the river, and enjoying each other's company after spring terms spent abroad! With Thompson Arena closed, DFSC members Kate Serota (Grad), Isabelle Blank '19, Anna Staropoli '19, Regina Yan '19, and Grace Caldwell '19, swapped out their figure skates for roller skates (See Below).
July 2017 Update
With a bevy of Dartmouth Figure Skaters in attendance, Kate Schmidt '09 married Sam McPherson on June 24, 2017 at Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards in Virginia.