U.S. Collegiate Championships kick off this week
Hochstein looks to defend title in men's event
|Grant Hochstein defended his collegiate men's title in Sun Valley. (Michelle Harvath)|
In the senior ladies division, Karen Zhou (University of California, Irvine), the 2010 U.S. Collegiate champion, will be challenged by Morgan Bell (Front Range Community College), who finished 17th at the 2011 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships, and Kendall Wyckoff (Middlebury College), who placed 11th in junior ladies at the 2010 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
The reigning U.S. Collegiate senior men's titlist, Grant Hochstein, will also be on hand to defend his title. Hochstein, representing Wayne State University, finished 12th at the 2011 U.S. Championships and 10th at 2010 Skate Canada. Adam Civiello (Scottsdale Community College), who last season finished fifth in junior pairs at the Pacific Coast Sectional Figure Skating Championships with partner Morgan Agster, will skate in the junior men's division. He is competing in singles for the first time since finishing ninth at the 2008 Southwest Pacific Regional Championships.
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, 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.