MARQUETTE – United States Olympic Education Center speedskater Erin Bartlett is the 2011 American Cup Champion. Bartlett earned the honors after finishing second at the American Cup Final held March 11-13 in Wausau, Wis. Bartlett (Lakewood, Ohio), a junior at Northern Michigan University, stayed with Morgan Izykowski, a 2010 World Cup team member, throughout the final competition to claim first in the American Cup series.
As the American Cup champion, Bartlett gained an automatic spot on the U.S. National team in Salt Lake City, Utah.
“She was very solid throughout the entire thing. She had a couple slipups, but she always came back strong and skated great,” said co-head coach Tony Goskowicz.
Other USOEC speedskaters competed in the final event of the season. Senior Tamara Frederick (Park Ridge, Ill.) placed fourth; junior Kelsey Schiel (Midland, Mich.) finished 13th; and freshmen Sarah Burg (Alpena, Mich.), Alaina Fiorenza (Wausau, Wis.) and April Albanese (Martins Creek, Pa.) placed eighth, 10th and 14th, respectively.
For the men, senior Levi Kirkpatrick (Hills, Iowa) and sophomore Chris Creveling (Kintersville, Pa.) finished third and fifth overall with point totals of 1,972 and 1,875.
Other USOEC men competing were juniors Barry Winslow (Midland, Mich) and Dan Fiorenza (Wausau, Wis.), who finished 12th and 15th, respectively; freshman Kyle Haun (Milwaukee, Wis.) in 9th; and Marquette Senior High School senior Brett Perry (Midland, Mich.) in 14th.