While the pandemic has disrupted high school and collegiate athletes in numerous ways over the last year, Inés Muños de Cote Solano López ’16 found a way to make her senior skating show happen a year later.
Since graduating from the Shattuck-St. Mary’s Figure Skating Center of Excellence, Ines attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio to compete with the Miami University Skating Club, where she became a USFSA Intercollegiate National Silver Medalist for Novice Freestyle in both 2018 and 2019.
In addition to her yearly competition, she also performed with Disney On Ice: Mickey’s Search Party Mexico Tour in the summer of 2019, and she was awarded the Miami University Employee Service Leadership Award, for those student employees who go above and beyond while working on campus.
During the spring of 2020, everything changed. Inés’s senior skating season was cut short, like many other student-athletes, by the global COVID-19 pandemic. Even still, she became one of the first figure skaters in several years to receive the 2020 President’s Distinguished Service Award at Miami University. The award is given out annually, which she earned for her work mentoring young skaters in the university’s “Learn to Skate” program. She was even the program’s most requested instructor that year. Additionally, she was the competition chair for the Red Brick Classic on campus, and she served as Assistant Show Director for Miami’s annual spring skating show.
After coordinating over 300 skaters in 32 performances in the skating show, it was canceled due to the pandemic. But that didn’t stop Inés from graduating with Honors and a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and going on to attend the University of Miami, FL, where she is pursuing a master’s degree in Construction Management. There, she has been made the President of the university’s chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, as well as the Vice President of Women in Construction University of Miami.
Throughout a year of living in a pandemic, Inés has been able to balance her athletic, academic, and professional life with great success, all while staying in touch with her friends at SSM. Then, on May 2, 2021, she was finally able to return to Miami University to skate in the spring skating show she’d worked so hard on last year and get the closure that she needed. On Facebook, Inés wrote, “I was extremely lucky to be invited back to be a part of the ice show we previously planned, perform at Goggin Ice Center one last time and got to see this amazing community that I missed so dearly.”
Director of the Figure Skating COE Tom Hickey wrote, “I am thrilled that Inés is achieving such milestones in college and beyond.”
Inés exemplifies the dedication and perseverance present in SSM students as soon as they come through the Arch for the first time. Her achievements after graduating embody the SSM spirit to keep pursuing your dreams through whatever obstacles may come.