A select group of girls from the Figure Skating club have been chosen to perform at Mercyhurst hockey games.
These girls, Kelsey Racutt, Hailey Carone, Analynn DiFilippo and Katherine Brittner make up the MU Ice Girls which started two years ago. They have experience doing jumps, spins and doing shows.
“Last year, Kelsey Racutt competed in a collegiate competition representing Mercyhurst. However, we have not found any competitions to participate in this year,” junior Katherine Brittner said.
The girls skated for the ACHA Mercyhurst men’s hockey games last year and are expanding to do games for the NCAA men’s and women’s hockey games this season.
There are eight more games at which the Ice Girls will be performing.
The Figure Skating club started four years ago by ice skaters Maria Nemeth and Kelsey Racutt because of their passion for ice skating. The club meets twice a week for an hour to skate at the Mercyhurst Ice Center.
“We also recently started doing off-ice work together to get more practice doing the routines since two hours a week is not a lot and not everyone can make the practices at the same time,” Brittner said.
The club consists of 20 to 25 people. It is for anyone who likes to ice skate and has their own pair of skates.
“I love having the figure skating club because I have been skating for 15 years and didn’t want to stop because of college,” Brittner said.
“It is also nice to have friends that I can connect with about skating because we all have the same passion. It is just a fun way to let go of stress and enjoy ourselves. We all really enjoy continuing our skating throughout college and getting to perform at the hockey games,” she said.