Ice, ice, baby
Skating came naturally to elementary education junior Jessica Chartier.
She started skating at age 7. Now, she could skate in circles around her former self as co-captain of the Spartan Synchronized Skating team.
“We’re ready to skate, we’re ready to compete, we’re ready to try our best,” Chartier said.
Ever since joining the team her freshman year, Chartier said she considers it her top priority.
“A lot of people say, ‘School comes first,’ but I’m not one of those people,” Chartier said. “If I have a test and I know I also have practice, I’d rather take a nap so that I’m ready for practice, rather than studying for the exam.”
Psychology freshman Miranda Shaver laces up for the Spartan Synchronized Skating practice Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, at Munn Ice Arena. The team practiced for long hours throughout the week to prepare for their competition on Sunday. Katie Stiefel/ The State News
Co-captain of the Spartan Synchronized Skating team, Jessica Chartier, middle, practices a specific part of a routine Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at Munn Ice Arena. Chartier has been skating since age 7 and has been on the MSU team since her freshman year. Katie Stiefel/ The State News
Head coach of the skating team Laura Friedman said she admires Chartier’s work ethic.
“She lives and breathes (synchronized skating),” Friedman said. “She’s very dedicated, pushes the team and stays positive.”