Bereswill's blue book: Collegiates at the Cape

Proud Wolverine blogs from 2012 U.S. Collegiate Championships

Becky Bereswill smiles joyously with Justin Dillon, athlete development group coordinator.
Becky Bereswill smiles joyously with Justin Dillon, athlete development group coordinator. (Brenda Glidewell)


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By Becky Bereswill, special to
(08/17/2012) - University of Michigan student and 2008 Junior Grand Prix Final champion Becky Bereswill is on hand to share her adventures from the 2012 U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championships in South Dennis, Mass.

Saturday, Aug. 18

A final farewell from Cape Cod! A special congratulations goes out to senior Collegiate champions Chrissy Hughes and Kevin Coppola. Also, thank you to the Yarmouth Ice Club, officials, coaches and parents for all of the hard work making these last few days memorable.

Everyone was all smiles after the culmination of the events here at the U.S. Collegiate Championships. After skaters finished their free skate, they were invited to grab their school banner from the barrier and take a bow with the college pennant. Following the senior ladies event, skaters broke into a dance number to "Call Me Maybe," bursting from the locker room and forming an impressive kick-line, all while holding the college banners. Look for it on Facebook...

Spirits were high, and it was great to see everyone relaxed and having fun!

The top four skaters in every division were awarded with an elegant on-ice ceremony. Medalists were announced from their university and awarded with a beautiful flower bouquet and medal, and of course, a gratuitous victory lap to Queen's "We Are the Champions." The senior men's champion and top three ladies were also awarded scholarships from U.S. Figure Skating, through the generous Pioneer Fund.

On our way back to Boston tomorrow, we plan to stop by Plymouth Rock (where the Pilgrims landed the Mayflower in 1620) and sneak in some sightseeing in historic Boston before heading to the airport.

It has been an exciting weekend, and I enjoyed my first time at the U.S. Collegiate Championships. Now it is time to get home and rest before fall classes, football games and fall competitions begin!

Becky Bereswill

Friday, Aug. 17

Good evening! The events are well under way here at the U.S. Collegiate Championships. Congratulations go out to junior champions, Natalie Motley of the University of Mary Washington and Matej Silecky of University of California at Berkeley.

The atmosphere at the competition is friendly and upbeat, yet still feels very competitive with the usual nerves and anticipation. With the short program completed, I know everyone is looking forward to putting their best effort forward in the free skate event tomorrow afternoon.

I learned a few interesting facts about the U.S. Figure Skating Collegiate program today: The championships are celebrating their 27th year, as they were first held in 1985! This year, there were over 50 entries and since its inception, intercollegiate participation has increased by 130 percent.

Stay tuned!

Thursday, Aug. 16

Greetings from Cape Cod, Mass., and day one of the 2012 U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championships! The Yarmouth Ice Club is hosting the event at the John Kent Arena, home of Olympic silver medalists Nancy Kerrigan and Paul Wylie!

Last night, there was a lovely draw ceremony at the Sea View reception hall adjacent to the crisp Cape Cod coast. For the draw, skaters enjoyed selecting collegiate banners with their start orders on the back. It was a fun night to catch up with skaters from around the country and share college stories.

School pride is pervasive, with college banners lining the ice barriers and, of course, all of the skaters, parents and officials are decked out in school gear! Today, the senior skaters enjoyed a fun day of practice despite the lingering presence of five life-size, intimidating hockey-training dummies (who appeared to be staring over the boards at the skaters as they passed around the far end). I took it upon myself to face them the other way during the ice-make to prevent future, imminent distractions. The junior ladies and men will compete their short programs later tonight.

So far, Cape Cod has been wonderful and everything you would expect. With its refreshing breezy nights, quaint pastel cottages, seafood restaurants on every corner and salt-water taffy to die for, it is pretty here, and I hope to get some sightseeing in later this week!

Thanks for reading!
Becky Bereswill