2009 U.S. Collegiate Championships Begin Thursday in Ardmore, Pa.

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Jason Wong
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(7/29/09) - The 2009 U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championships will take place July 30-Aug. 1 in Ardmore, Pa. Approximately 60 skaters will vie for titles in the senior ladies, senior men's and junior ladies divisions at the event, which is being hosted by the Philadelphia Skating Club and Humane Society.

The competition is held every summer and is the only figure skating event in the country open solely to high-level, full-time college students. To qualify for the U.S. Collegiate Championships (formerly called the National Collegiate Championships), a skater must be 1) a current U.S. Figure Skating member and 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 academic semester. Some skaters come from colleges who have varsity figure skating teams, while others may be the lone figure skater representing his or her institution.

Leading the senior ladies division is 2008 U.S. Collegiate silver medalist Amy Nunn (Metropolitan State College of Denver). Nunn will be challenged by 2009 Southwestern Regional champion Tatyana Khazova (Colorado College).

The senior men's favorite is 2008 U.S. Collegiate champion Jason Wong (Emmanuel College). Wong won the bronze at the 2009 Eastern Sectional Figure Skating Championships and competed at the 2009 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Cleveland, Ohio. He will defend his title against 2006 U.S. Collegiate bronze medalist Michael Solonoski (Drexel University) and 2008 U.S. Championships competitor Osadolo Irowa (College of DuPage).

The junior ladies event will feature 13 competitors, each representing a different college or university.

Past U.S. Collegiate champions include 1994 Olympic silver medalist Nancy Kerrigan and reigning U.S. champion Alissa Czisny.