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Lorello, Dean win intermediate dance title

Miller, Lorello win the silver

Meara Lorello and William Dean put on an outstanding show to win the gold with an overall score of 94.78.
Meara Lorello and William Dean put on an outstanding show to win the gold with an overall score of 94.78. (Zac Lambert)

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By Zac Lambert, special to icenetwork.com
(12/18/2010) - Meara Lorello and William Dean from the University of Delaware Figure Skating Club put on an outstanding show to win the gold medal with an overall score of 94.78 points. The spy-themed routine featured music different spy films.

"I thought it was good, it was one of our better performances ever," Dean said. "We felt like that all the way through. We kept up our energy."

The title for Lorello and Dean is a big jump after last year finishing 11 in intermediate at the 2010 U.S. Junior Championships in Strongsville, Ohio.

Winning the silver medal was the duo of Whitney Miller and Grant Lorello, also representing the University of Delaware Figure Skating Club, with a score of 90.66. The skaters could hardly contain their excitement once getting off the ice obviously very pleased with their performance.

"It felt like one of our best programs and I'm really happy with it," said a glowing Miller. "I felt like we were really energetic. Amazing -- it's a great feeling to me."

The event was a great showing for the University of Delaware FSC. Both of the club's winning pairs were the only competitors to receive scores of 90 or above.

"They both worked very hard," said coach Christie Moxley of her two teams who took home the gold and silver. "They motivate each other each day in practice. It's been a really good season. They have both worked really hard to get where they are and I am proud of both of them."

In third place were Sierra Chadwick and Alexander Martin of the Detroit Skating Club, who skated to the music of Zorba the Greek. The pair from Detroit, who has been skating together for five years, received a score of 84.13.

"I know we tried our hardest and that's really what matters," said Chadwick. "We just gave it our all and at least we had fun."

The third-place finish was a great result for Chadwick and Martin, especially considering they were battling some injuries.

"It was good," said Martin. "We had been struggling through back pains and knee pains, so I was really happy with how we were able to push through it."

Katie Shipstad and Brad Kleffman took fourth place after they performed an upbeat routine that featured "Bohemian Rhapsody" and received a score of 83.58. The brother and sister pair of Rebekah Schneider-Farris and Joel Schneider-Farris took fifth with a score of 83.54. Both teams represent the Broadmoor Skating Club in Colorado Springs, Colo.