Louisville Skating Academy will be represented by eleven athletes, 6 boys and 5 girls, at this year’s U.S. Figure Skating Eastern Great Lakes Regional Championships. This event will be hosted by the Ann Arbor Figure Skating Club in Ann Arbor, Mich. and is the first step in the qualifying process leading to the 2013 U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Approximately 225 young amateur figure skaters from Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama will compete for regional championship titles and the opportunity to continue to national-level competition.
Lila Asher and Molly Holder, both juniors at Ballard High School, will compete in the novice ladies event. Megan Graves, a freshman at Sacred Heart Academy, will compete in the intermediate ladies division while Luke Purnell, an Anchorage School eighth grader, will compete in the intermediate men division. At the juvenile level, LSA will be represented in the girls event by Ravvn Thornton, an eighth grader at Johnson Traditional Middle School, and Claire Purnell, a seventh grader from Anchorage School. Christopher Elder, a sixth grader from Kentucky Country Day; Will Shawver, a sixth grader from Westport Middle School; Chase Finster, a fifth grader from Christian Academy of Louisville; and Evan Whitlow and JT Michel, both sixth graders from Highland Latin School will compete at the juvenile boys level. The top four finalists in each event will proceed to the U.S. Figure Skating sectional championships which will be held in November in Strongsville, Ohio, and then qualifiers will finish the season at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships to be held in Omaha, Neb. in January 2013.
In addition, Louisville Skating Academy (LSA) has been selected to host the U.S. Figure Skating 2014 Eastern Great Lakes Regional Championships, taking place Oct. 5 – Oct. 8, 2013 at Iceland Sports Complex. Louisville Skating Academy is a non-profit club dedicated to promoting and developing figure skating in the Louisville area. LSA has one of the largest learn-to-skate programs in the region.