BY SHAIN GILLET
Clipper Sports Editor
BOUNTIFUL – Four local figure skaters who train at the South Davis Recreation Center in Bountiful have represented south Davis County very well.
The quartet finished the Broadmoor Figure Skating Competition, held in Colorado Springs, Colo., and three of them placed in the top three spots overall in their respective events.
Anna Sophia Rorrer Warren, who competed in the Juvenile Girls Division, finished second and is said to be a hard worker by Michelle Thompson, who works closely with the Utah Figure Skating Club.
“I know she’ll be going to junior high school as an honors student,” said Mitchell, “but you’ll almost always find her on the ice every day. She works very hard, as do the rest of the skaters.”
Rorrer-Warren is expected to compete in the annual Copper Cup, taking place in mid-July.
Rachel Crawford took home top honors in the Short Only program, placing first and finishing in the top 10 overall in the Novice Division.
Thompson said the finish was “quite an accomplishment” for the skater, who just came back from surgery and missed a good amount of ice time.
Allison Merges, another local skater, finished third in the Short Only program Intermediate Division, and will compete in the YAZ National Ice Choreography competition in August.
Mitchell said her favorite routine to do is choreography, leading to Merges’ being able to compete well in the August event.
Amie Miyagi also competed in the event, skating in the Pre-Juvenile category and “will be one to watch,” as she takes feedback about her routines.
Nationally competitive sibling skaters Mitchell and Amalia Friess also placed in the top six overall. Mitchell finished first in the Novice Mens’ Short program and was sixth overall.
Amalia finished third in the Short Program for Intermediate Ladies and was fifth overall.
“Both are looking for new challenges and opportunities as they move up to the next level of competition,” said Mitchell. “They’re both very good skaters.”
Rorrer-Warren, Crawford, Merges and Miyagi each train with Holly Tanner, who took home a bronze medal at the 1990 World Championships. Tanner has seven medals to her credit and coaches at the South Davis Recreation Center.
The Friess’ are coached by Karel Kovar, a native of Slovakia and coach at the Wasatch Figure Skating Club.