Carriere highlights field at 2013 U.S. Collegiates
Competition slated for Aug. 2-4 in De Pere, Wis.
|Boston College's Stephen Carriere competes this week in DePere, Wis. (Getty Images)|
Forty-seven athletes will compete for titles in junior ladies, senior ladies and senior men's. Headlining the senior ladies event will be 2011 U.S. collegiate champion Alicia Hsu (Belmont University). Challenging Hsu will be 2012 U.S. collegiate pewter medalist Amber Walczyk (Oakland University).
Highlighting the men's event is Stephen Carriere (Boston College), the 2008 U.S. bronze medalist and 2007 world junior champion. Carriere most recently placed 10th at the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Leading the junior ladies event will be Alexis McDonell (Syracuse University) and Flora Su (University of Vermont). The two faced off at last year's championships, with McDonell earning bronze and Su placing fourth.
The U.S. Collegiate Championships are held every summer and are the only figure skating event in the country open solely to high-level, full-time college students. To qualify, a skater must be a current U.S. Figure Skating member and 1.) a 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 semester. Past winners of the event include U.S. champions Alissa Czisny and Ryan Bradley.