Utah skater Eddie Gornik qualified for the nationals in the novice men's event as the Pacific Coast Sectional figure skating sectionals opened at the Bountiful Recreation Center.

Tuesday was the first of five days of competition for the 259 skaters seeking to qualify for the 1991 nationals next month in Minneapolis.Skaters in the novice, junior and senior events must place in the top four in their events to qualify. Competition also is being held for adult senior and intermediates.