Ice dancers Joylyn Yang of Mukilteo and Jean-Luc Baker of Edmonds captured the bronze medal in the novice ice dance section of the U.S. National Figure Skating Championships held Jan 14-24 in Spokane.
Yang, who is 14, and Baker, 16, represented the Seattle Skating Club. They finished with 110.06 points, just .59 behind silver medalists Danvi and Vu Pham from the Washington Figure Skating Club. The gold medal went to Alexandra Aldridge and Daniel Eaton from the Detroit Skating Club, who scored 112.22 points.
Yang, who attends Harbour Pointe Middle School, and Baker, a student at Kamiak High School, are the 2007 U.S. national juvenile (under 16) champions and the 2008 U.S. national intermediate (under 18) champions. They won the Pacific Coast Sectional championship in December, which qualified them for the national competition.
Rower sets indoor record
Ursula Grobler James of Lake Stevens, 29, set a world indoor rowing record Saturday at Ergomania 2010 at Seattle University’s Connelly Center.
James, a native of South Africa who hopes to row for the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London (she has applied for U.S. citizenship), set her mark in the open women’s lightweight division. Over a replicated distance of 2,000 meters, she rowed a time of 6 minutes, 54.7 seconds, breaking the previous world record of 6:56.7 set by Lisa Schlenker of the U.S.
James has qualified to compete at the World Indoor Rowing Championships scheduled for Feb. 14 in Boston.
Gymnasts win three team titles
The Everett-based Leading Edge Gymnastics Academy brought home three first-place team trophies from the Crystal Cup 2010, held Jan. 22-23 in Salt Lake City.
Leading Edge placed first in the Level 4, 6 and 10 competitions.
The Level 4 squad was led by three all-around champions — Alendra Campbell of Mill Creek (Child Division), Ryzele Lagdaan of Snohomish (Junior Division) and Ava Henry of Bothell (Senior Division).
Raechal Allen of Mill Creek paced the Level 6 team, winning the all-around competition in the Senior Division.
In Level 10, Kelsey Morris of Snohomish (15-16 Division) and Kailie Ponto of Kenmore (Senior Division) led the way with second-place finishes in their respective all-around competitions.
Locals lead soccer team to title
Matt Reinikka and Sean Bowman, both students at Heatherwood Middle School in Mill Creek, represented Washington as members of the ODP/RTC State Youth Sounders Traveling Team that competed at the Jan. 16-19 Region IV Soccer Championships in Phoenix.
Competing in the 96 Division (for athletes born in 1996), Washington defeated Southern California in the regional title game, 3-2.
Reinikka and Bowman served as Washington’s team captains.