November 12, 2019
Island Short Track Team Racks up Medals at Home
Photo caption: Charlottetown’s Alex Rogers (left) won one of eight gold medals for P.E.I. at the Atlantic Cup Speed Skating Championships in Charlottetown. Also pictured is Luka Cornacchia of the CPV Gatineau club. Photo courtesy of Amanda Burke.
11th, 2019, Charlottetown – Island speed skaters made the most of home ice over the
weekend, winning 21 medals at the Atlantic Cup Speed Skating Championships in
Charlottetown. Speed Skate PEI played host to nearly 120 competitors from
11 clubs and five provinces at the Eastlink Centre, as the Island team sped to
its biggest medal total in the last five years.
Eight P.E.I. skaters earned gold medals, each coming up with
overall divisional wins after four race distances. Logan Robbins
(Division 3), Alex Rogers (Division 4), Charles Burke (Division 5 male), Jane
Bruce (Division 5 female), Zander O’Meara (Division 6), Sophia Erdogan
(Division 7), Olivia Zhang (Division 8) and Nicole Reynard (Division 10) all
stepped to the top of the podium.
Robbins won every race with personal best (“PB”) times in every
distance enroute to the gold medal, while Rogers, from Charlottetown, grabbed a
trio of PBs along with a win in the 400-metre event on his way to gold. Burke
and Bruce, both of Stratford, each had three PBs, with Burke taking wins in two
distances and Bruce finishing as top female in three of her four distances.
O’Meara, skating in just his second competition, upgraded from his silver medal
debut in Halifax two weeks ago, winning three of four distances to take the
gold medal. Erdogan posted wins and large PBs in the 400- and 600-metre events
to nab her gold medal, while Zhang had four PBs to earn her gold medal.
Reynard made her competitive debut a memorable one with the gold medal finish.
P.E.I. coach Eric Reynard said that the young Island team showed
some great early-season form. “This group is a great one to work
with. They work hard in training, they’re eager to learn and they compete
hard. The sky is the limit for them if they continue to build on these
Taking silver for P.E.I. were Anderson Arseneau (Division 5), Saul
Grant (Division 6), Shyanne Goodwin (Division 7), Christian Hayden (Division 9)
and Keegan MacKinnon (Division 10).
Islanders also picked up eight bronze medals, with medalists
including Carter Bruce (Division 1), Jordan Koughan (Division 3), Brendan
Reynard (Division 5), Rio Bevan (Division 7), Zyler O’Meara (Division 9 male),
Darrah Ward (Division 9 female), Hazel Thompson (Division 10 female) and Evan
Zhang (Division 10 male).
Bruce was the top Islander in the championships with his Division
1 medal performance, which included significant personal best times in his
three timed distances and one of the fastest ever 500-metre times (46.563
seconds) skated by an Islander in Charlottetown. Bruce was joined
in the top division by a pair of Island team-mates, including Zack O’Meara, who
also earned qualifying times to compete on the Quebec provincial circuit.
Speed Skate PEI
president Andrew Jack thanked the volunteers and sponsors of the 2019 Atlantic
Cup event. “For nearly thirty years, we’ve been able to host this first-class
event, with tremendous help from volunteers from across the Maritimes and from
generous local sponsors. It is always exhilarating to see it come
together. Seeing our P.E.I. skaters achieve such a level of success this
year is a huge bonus.”
full Atlantic Cup results and for more information about trying speed skating,
Communications Coordinator, Speed Skate PEI