OTTAWA, ON: Skate Canada’s novice skaters claimed four medals at the 2018 Skate Milwaukee this week. The Canadian novice skaters earned two golds, one silver and one bronze at the first stop on the 2018 North American Series, which was held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and hosted by the Wisconsin Figure Skating Club.

Canada’s novice pairs led the way, taking the top two spots on the podium. Mackenzie Ripley of St. Thomas, Ont., and Owen Brawley of Waterloo, Ont., won with a total of 107.56 points, ahead of Canadian teammates Jamie Fournier of Brossard, Que., and Gabriel Farand of Saint-Antoine-sur-Richelieu, Que., who scored 86.66. Katie Han Luong and Nathan Han Luong of the U.S.A. won bronze with a score of 80.86.

In the novice women division, Canadian Lia Pereira of Milton, Ont., took home the gold with a total score of 116.73. Alena Budko and Ava Raiter of the U.S.A. won silver and bronze respectively, with scores of 114.84 and 111.39. Mélaurie Boivin of Alma, Que., was the next closest Canadian, finishing in fifth place with 104.79 points. Vienna Harwood of West Kelowna, B.C., placed ninth with 97.48 points, followed by Emma Szeto of Vancouver, B.C., in 10th with 95.26, and 11th place finisher Melody Zhu of Vancouver, B.C., with 92.01. Alexa Matveev of Thornhill, Ont., had the seventh-best short program with 35.96 points, before withdrawing from the event.

In novice men, Wesley Chiu of Vancouver, B.C., was the top Canadian skater, winning the bronze medal with 130.69 points. Ahead of Chiu was Ilia Malinin and Daniel Argueta, both from the U.S.A., who totalled 142.94 and 134.50 points, respectively. Jake Ellis of Essex, Ont., scored 112.69 points to earn a fifth-place finish. Shuma Mugii of Vancouver, B.C., placed seventh with 109.39, Rio Morita of Thornhill, Ont., placed ninth with 100.66, and Tim Pomares of Okotoks, Alta., placed 11th with 84.57.

Competition in other categories continues at the 2018 Skate Milwaukee until Sunday, July 15. For more information on Skate Milwaukee, please click here.

The remaining stops on the 2018 North American Series are the Lake Placid Ice Dance Competition in Lake Placid, New York, from July 24-27, 2018, and the Skate Ontario Summer Skate in Toronto (North York), Ontario, from August 16-19, 2018.

The 2018 North American Series was developed by U.S. Figure Skating and Skate Canada’s Athlete Development and High-Performance Development Departments to provide international development competition opportunities for athletes that competed at the sectional or national level, to simulate an international competition, and compete against top novice-level athletes from both the U.S. and Canada.