Last weekend, hundreds of non-qualifying figure skaters took to the ice at the Extreme Ice Center for the 2014 South Atlantic Non-Qualifying Figure Skating Championships in Indian Trail, N.C. This weekend, it’s the qualifying level competitors vying a spot among the top four in their flight in hopes of advancing to championship rounds and ultimately the Eastern Sectional Championships, which will be held Nov. 19-23 in Ashburn, V.A.
Fourteen Pittsburgh area skaters representing local U.S. Figure Skating clubs are among the more than 300 competitors who will participate in the 2014 South Atlantic Figure Skating Championships scheduled for Oct. 19-22 at the Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail, N.C.
Western Pennsylvania will be well-represented with performances from Pittsburgh Figure Skating Club members Hannah Abercrombie, Bella Cavagna, Elspeth Cunningham, Alexis Martyn, Libby McGrosky, Cara Murphy, Anna Sluis-Cremer, Mia Zhang-Nacke and Lily Zhong; Skating Club of Mt. Lebanon competitors Vanessa Jasiewicz, Sophia Kirilloff, Kaitlyn Shaw and Sarah Smilowitz; and Lauren Thomas of the Johnstown Figure Skating Club.
The competition kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 19 with Cunningham, Kirilloff, Murphy, Zhang-Nacke and Zhong competing at the Intermediate Ladies level. Shaw will also skate later that day at the Novice Ladies level. The championship rounds for this level will take place on Monday for the short program and Tuesday for the free skate.
Abercrombie, Cavagna, Jasiewicz, Martyn, McGrosky, Sluis-Cremer and Smilowitz will compete at the Juvenile Girls level on Sunday, Oct. 20. Those advancing to the championship round will return to the ice Monday afternoon.
Thomas will compete against 19 other skaters at the Senior Ladies level on Sunday evening. She will skate her free skate on Monday evening.
For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit the 2014 South Atlantic Non-Qualifying Figure Skating Championships’ website at www.carolinafsc.org. Icenetwork.com will also carry the most up-to-date results, news and photos.