Skaters representing the Riverside Arena Skating Club (RASCals) in Livonia brought home six top placements at the USA Roller Figure Skating Championships held in July in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The top Riverside winner, Ian Heersink, earned a spot on the team that will represent the United States at the upcoming World Roller Skating Championships in Cali, Colombia.
The Riverside club members, who practice up to three hours a day, four to five days a week, perform in a variety of disciplines, including compulsory team and solo dance; creative dance; figures; freestyle; pairs and precision skating.
Thirteen club members participated at the championships with four receiving medals.
Leading the way with three placements was Heersink, who earned a gold medal with partner Anna Cao of Waterford in the Sophomore A Team Dance Division. Heersink also won the World Class Men’s figures and placed third in Junior World Class Men’s Figures.
As a result of his qualification, Heersink will compete in the Junior World Class figure category at the World Championships in September.
Also winning multiple awards was Joshua Stadler of Livonia, who, with partner Miranda Esser of Northville, won gold in the Juvenile/Elementary B Pairs event, as well as a bronze medal in Juvenile/Elementary B singles.
Closing out the top placements was Chloe LaMay of Plymouth, who captured a bronze medal in Open A Inline Creative Solo Free Dance.
Also participating in the championships were Livonians Christine Asai, Emma Chappell and Ryan Heersink; Northville’s Tina Stadnik and Andrew Esser; Chloe King of Garden City; Arhianna Stokes of Dearborn Heights; Tanvi Karkare of Canton; and Kierra Trinity of Redford.
The Riverside team is led by coaches Lawaun Modrich and Jillian Heersink.
Riverside Arena, which has a 75-year history of supporting competitive roller skating, is owned and operated by Lionel and Debbie LaMay.
The Riverside RASCals Skating Club has been active for six years. It started with five club members and grown to over 30 at its peak.
For more information about the Riverside Arena Skating Club, visit riversidearena.com or riversiderascals.org.