MARQUETTE – United States Olympic Education Center short track speedskaters kicked off a new season at the first American Cup Oct. 2-3 in Milwaukee, Wis. The top seven men and women make the U.S. World team and qualify to compete in the first four World Cups.
Northern Michigan University senior Anthony Lobello (Tallahassee, Fla.) placed fourth overall with a total of 1,890 points, despite feeling under the weather. “Getting back on the ice for the first time of the season it was good to test skills I have been practicing in the offseason and to see the other competitors from the U.S.,” said Lobello. “One of my goals was to perform well enough to make the World team.”
Other USOEC men competing included NMU senior Levi Kirkpatrick (Hills, Iowa), freshman Kyle Haun (Milwaukee, Wis.) and sophomore Chris Creveling (Kintersville, Pa.), who placed 10th, 11th and 12th. Junior Dan Fiorenza (Wausau, Wis.) finished 16th and Marquette Senior High School senior Brett Perry (Midland, Mich.) took 20th.
For the ladies, NMU senior Tamara Frederick (Park Ridge, Ill.) placed eighth; junior Erin Bartlett (Lakewood, Ohio) finished 10th; junior Kelsey Schiel (Midland, Mich.) was 14th; freshman Alaina Fiorenza (Wausau, Wis.) came in 15th; senior Cherise Wilkins (Syracuse, N.Y.) and freshman Sarah Burg (Alpena, Mich.) finished 16th and 17th.
“Our athletes performed very well. Coach Tony and I were pleased on
both the ladies and the men\’s side,” said Coach Tricia Stennes.
Lobello races in the first World Cup Oct. 22-24 in Montreal, Quebec. The rest of the team will be competing in the second American Cup in Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 6-7.