Lisa Makeeva had the best performance of the day for the Rams after earning a silver medal in the gold freeskate event. The nutrition and food major had a clean skate while executing a double axel as well as double-double combinations throughout her routine. For her efforts, she was named the Boston Pizza Female Athlete of the Week.
Head Coach Janean Brühn believes that Makeeva (Toronto) will be a definite gold-medal contender moving forward.
Fellow first-year Christina Pulla (Whitby, Ont.) also earned a bronze medal in the short program for Ryerson.
"(Pulla) came out with an amazing double axel to start of her program and, with the exception of one unfortunate error, had a solid skate," said Brühn.
The pair of Katie Docherty (Cambridge, Ont.) and Lisa Jensen (Toronto) continues to be a force on the OUA circuit. After capturing bronze at the OUA championships last season, the pair were strong in their 2011-12 debut, taking home a silver medal in the junior silver freeskate.
"We will be pushing to get them on top of the podium for (OUA's) in February," said Brühn.
The third-year bench boss also commented on the teams of Katie Holmes (Pickering, Ont.) and Nicole Peck (Keswick, Ont.) in the senior silver dance and Toronto natives Barbara Basar and Karen Urquhart in the creative dance.
"Both (teams) had good first competitions and are very capable of moving up in the standings to challenge for a medal at our next event."
While the performances of Makeeva, Pulla and the team of Jensen and Docherty were all solid, last year's OUA gold medalists struggled at Queen's. Alysha Gjos (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) finished fifth in the senior silver freeskate, an event in which she topped the podium in Waterloo last year, while Katherine Bilinsky (Etobicoke, Ont.) placed sixth in the senior silver dance. Bilinksy earned a gold and bronze medal last season at the OUA's.
"It was a disappointing day for both Gjos and Bilinsky as both had an off day and their performances fell short of the podium," said Brühn, who was pleased overall with her team's performance.
"We moved up in the standings and brought home three medals compared to just one last year," she explained. "Many of our events showed drastic improvement from our in-house simulation the week prior to competition. We fell short in a couple of events, but they are ones we know we can dominate and we will learn from these results to ensure our performances are competitive the next time out."
The conference championships take place from February 16-17, and will be hosted by Western.