Corner Brook -
Alexandra Young captured a silver medal in the novice women's division at the 2010 BMO Skate Newfoundland and Labrador Sectionals Saturday in Bay Roberts.
Young, a member of the Silver Blades Skating Club in Corner Brook, settled for second place with a final score of 75.56 - 28.01for her short program and 47.55 for her free skate.
Julia Mercer of the Prince of Wales Skating Club in St. John's claimed top honours with a final tally of 78.71, while Stephanie Fagan of Prince of Wales, daughter of Corner Brook native Jackie Atkinson, claimed third with a final score of 72.29.
Nicole Burt of Prince of Wales placed fourth with a final score of 65.98, while Jill Burton of Silver Blades Skating Club (54.18) and Haley Willar-Carter of Mount Pearl Skating Club (51.97) rounded out the field.
Ashley Morgan of Prince of Wales was the top skater in the pre-novice women's competition with a final tally of 73.01, while Robyn-Lynn McGrath of Mount Pearl Skating Club (77.98), Ashley Bishop of Mount Pearl Skating Club (65.59), Emily Benson of Wabush Figure Skating Club (65.32) rounded out the top four in the field.
"I skated clean both the short and the long ... my long was personal best," Young told The Western Star Sunday while travelling home from Bay Roberts. "I was in third after the short and I moved up to second after the long."
She was pleased with her performance, but knows she can always do things to improve her score.
"There's always stuff you can improve on so we're going to look at the report card and hope to improve on it for the next competition.
The top four skaters in novice women's and pre-novice women's qualified for the Eastern Challenge Dec. 2-6 in Mississauga, Ont.
"You have to make it through the Eastern Challenge to go to nationals," said Young, who is focused on doing the work to ensure she skates at nationals this year.