2010 U.S. Collegiate Championships begin Thursday
More than 80 figure skaters vie for titles
|Grant Hochstein will be among the competitors at the 2010 U.S. Collegiate Championships. (Paul Tortland)|
Leading the senior ladies division is 2008 ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final champion Becky Bereswill (University of Michigan). Bereswill will be challenged by 2008 AEGON Challenge Cup champion Brittney Rizo (Northeastern University). The junior ladies competition will include Kendall Wyckoff, who most recently placed 11th in the junior division at the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Spokane, Wash.
The men's competition will include Grant Hochstein (Wayne State University), the fifth-place finisher at both the 2009 Junior Grand Prix Final and the 2010 World Junior Figure Skating Championships. Also in the field are Curran Oi, who competed in the Junior Grand Prix Series for three seasons before leaving figure skating full time in 2009 to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tommy Steenberg (George Mason University), who finished 13th at the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
The junior ladies event will feature 20 competitors, each representing a different college or university.
The U.S. Collegiate Championships are held every summer and is the only figure skating event in the country open solely to high-level, full-time college students. To qualify for the U.S. Collegiate Championships (formerly called the National Collegiate Championships), a skater must be 1) a current U.S. Figure Skating member and high school graduate who is enrolled full time in a college or university degree program 2) a recent graduate of an accredited institution or 3) entering a college or university as a first-year student for the upcoming academic semester. Some skaters come from colleges with varsity figure skating teams, while others may be the lone figure skater representing his or her institution.