Midway Club Banquet 2015-16

Midway Speedskating Club wrapped up the 2015-16 season with the annual season-end banquet. After the annual meeting including election of new board members, skaters and their families gathered to recognize skater achievements.

Samantha Eide presented the Joey Carlson Spirit award to Patrick Miller. The award recognizes Patrick’s spirt and determination on and off the ice. The award honors former Midway skater Joey Carlson. More information on the Joey Carlson Spirit award and Joey Carlson’s story can be found here.

The Bill Cushman scholarship was awarded to Muriel Kennedy, Steven Hartman, and Kyle Ronchak. The scholarship honors Midway founder Bill Cushman and is awarded each year to help bring a deserving skater closer to their dreams.

The award for Most Improved was given to two skaters, Melanie Pankow (Midget) and Sami Banat (Junior C).

In recognition of their improvements during their first year as a Midway skater, Adam Johnson (Junior C) and Lidya Kennedy (Pony) were awarded Rookie of the Year.

Midway Competes in LT Nationals

U.S Long Track Nationals were held in at the Petit in Milwaukee February 13 and 14. Midway was represented in almost every age group and personal bests were secured for most of the skaters.

A race highlight was having second-year speedskater, Sam Groven place 2nd overall in the Midget division.

In the Jr. C Ladies division Giorgia Birkeland and Madeline Lange secured 2nd and 3rd places respectively.  For the Sr. Men’s division Andrew Turner took 2nd place overall edging out 2014 Olympian, Emery Lehman in the process.

Full results can be found on our Race Results page.

Midway Skaters Take the 50k Loppet


Midway skaters took first place titles in the 50k Loppet held on Lake Calhoun February 6. Rowdy Larson and Samantha Eide stood atop the podium after the grueling race that involved 50 laps on a 1k track. The rough lake surface provided a host of challenges. During warmups, Paul Dyrud took a skate to the shin and decided to pull out when a tennis-sized hematoma protruded from his shin. Martin Burg, a gifted sprinted stayed on his feet and gutted out a 3rd place finish. Rowdy hung on despite a fall halfway through. Fortunately he landed face first into a snow bank rather than the hard ice.

Of the 25 skaters that started the race, 9 finished. Those who pulled out did so due to injuries, fear of injuries, and wind (in excess of 25 mph the entire race).

Check out race details on the 50k, a 25k, and a 1k via the following links:
Midway Speedskating Facebook (here you can see Martin’s impression of superman as he crosses the finish line)

Midway Personal Bests during AmCup 2

Midway skaters recently participated in the US Speedskating Long Track AmCup 2 held at the Pettit National Ice Center. Junior C racers Maddie Lange and Giorgia Birkland each chalked up person bests during both days of racing. Additional skaters who accomplished personal bests were Adam Rosenthal in the 500m, Rowdy Larson in the 1000m, and Martin Burg in the 3000m

The highlight for Junior racers (As, Bs and older) was when Samantha Eide took 7.5 seconds off her 3K personal. When she crossed the line, she received a standing ovation.

Other notables finishes include:
– Kyle Ronchak with a second place in the Senior division for the 500, 1000, and 1500.
– Andrew Turner raced to a personal track record in the 1000, a significant accomplishment since recovering from illness during the 2014/15 season.

Check out US Speedskating racing summary here and all the race results here.