2013 U.S. Collegiate Championships to be Held this Week in De Pere, Wis.(8/1/13) - The 2013 U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championships, hosted by the Greater Green Bay Figure Skating Club, will be held Aug. 2-4, in De Pere, Wis. Forty-seven athletes will compete for titles in junior ladies and senior ladies and 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).
Facing off in the men's event will be Stephen Carriere (Boston College) and Philip Warren (Crafton Hills College). Both skaters competed at the 2013 Prudential U.S. Figure Skating Championships, placing 10th and 18th, respectively. Carriere is the 2008 U.S. bronze medalist and 2007 World Junior champion, while Warren is the 2012 U.S. junior bronze medalist. Both athletes have represented Team USA internationally.
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.