McKenzie Abendroth is the new skating director at the Midcoast Recreation Center and also will head the facility's learn-to-skate program, which begins Saturday, Oct. 26 and runs Saturday mornings throughout the winter.

Abendroth began skating at age 7, trained as a competitive figure skater for 12 years at the University of Delaware under the coaching of Priscilla Hill and Ron Ludington. Abendroth achieved the highest possible figure test, the 8th or Gold Figure, at the age of 13, and then Senior free-skating at 17.

She is a four-time national competitor and three-time national medalist in Figures. She continued skating during college, helping the University of Delaware earn the Intercollegiate National Championship title in 2002.

Abendroth began coaching in Newark, Del. and continued coaching and exhibition skating during medical school at the University of New England. The later part of her medical training did not allow her to continue her involvement in skating. However, after residency, she and her husband moved to the Rockport area, and the past several years she has been excited to again become involved with her passion for skating.

Seth Meyer, director of sports and programs at MRC, said he also is pleased and excited to have Melissa Emerson, Rebecca Hotelling and Nancy Ludington Graham coaching in the skating program this year.

Emerson has achieved Gold and International Dance testing and Gold Freestyle in the U.S. and Canada. She performed for several years as a principal skater for Disney on Ice, and has PSA Master Rating. She coaches at MRC and in Augusta.

Hotelling has accomplished her Adult Gold Dance, Intermediate Free Dance and has also taken freestyle and figure testing as well.

Ludington Graham is a four-time U.S. National Pairs Champion, competing with Ron Ludington from 1957-1960. She also is an Olympic bronze medalist, four-time world competitor and took the pairs bronze medal at the 1959 World Championships. Ludington Graham also achieved high levels in ice dancing, free-skating and figures. She has coached for years and has shown a lifelong devotion and love of the sport. Ludington Graham also is a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

For more information on MRC’s learn-to-skate program, go online to midcoastrec.org.

Meyer said MRC, a non-profit organization, is taking registrations for this year. "We have an ambitious schedule of learn-to-skate programs, with classes aimed at all levels of interest and ability, both children and adult, as well as programs for the intermediate and advanced skaters."