With a total of 683.5 points, Niles Park District IceLand, Niles, Ill., earned the Overall Team Trophy at the 2019 ISI Conference Championships, held May 31-June 2 at Centennial Ice Rinks In Wilmette, Ill.
Herbert Wells Ice Rink in College Park, Md., took 2ndplace with 296 points and Joliet Park District – Inwood Ice Arena in Joliet, Ill., was the 3rdplace winner with 220.5 points.
“It was a beautiful facility with great volunteers and lots of enthusiasm among skaters,” said ISI Skating Programs & National Events Director Kim Hansen. “This event was on fire — literally! The fire alarm sounded and the fire department arrived. Fortunately, it was nothing serious. We captured a cute photo of the ISI staff with a fireman in front of one of the firetrucks.”
More than 250 skaters of all ages and skill levels representing 16 rink teams from six states (Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri and Minnesota) participated in this year’s event.
Clara Darbyshire, 2, of Niles Park District IceLand was the youngest skater and oldest skaters were Gayle O’Neill, 73, of Chicago’s McFetridge Sports Center, George Pike, 70, of Niles Park District IceLand. Kara Mueller, representing Bowie Ice Arena in Bowie, Md., skated in the most events — a whopping 24! Stephen C. West Ice Arena in Breckenridge, Co., traveled the farthest (974 miles) to compete in the annual ISI Conference Championships. Thank you to the Centennial Ice Rinks staff and volunteers for all their hard work to make this a successful ISI event.