Artistic skaters to gather at national meet

Erica Sheley skates in her compulsory dance performance in the 2009 nationals.

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Erica Sheley skates in her compulsory dance performance in the 2009 nationals.

PORT RICHEY — The Southern Region of USA Roller Sports will hold its qualifying championships in artistic skating this month at the Spinnations Skating Center.

More than 100 events — including team dance, solo, figures, pairs and singles — will take place from June 12-15. The winners will qualify for the national competition that runs from July 24 to Aug. 8 in Lincoln, Neb.

Florida Skating Academy, the home-based club, will have 13 skaters competing in the standard, Junior World Class or Senior World Class divisions.

Members of the 2009 World Team are Siobhan Boismier of New Port Richey and partner Eric Hadley of Melbourne, as well as Erica Sheley of Sarasota. All three have extensive skating backgrounds and are expected to breeze through to the nationals.

Also skating in the World Class events are Caroline Bell of New Port Richey and Michelle Moudy of Apopka. Entered in the adult events are Nancy Cain, Benny Gatto, Jan LeGassick, Martha McMillan and Dennis and Jo An Turner.

Kaity Shaw, Paige Stevenson and Kate Williams will compete at the regional level in the youth events.

In addition, the regional championship will run 11 non-official events for newcomers to the sport.

Florida Skating Academy has entered 15 of its class and Star Club students in these events, which include figures, dance and freestyle. These skaters range in age from 4 to 12 years.

Fast facts

If you go

What: USA Roller Sports Southern Regional Championships

When: June 12-15. Doors open 5 p.m. June 12 for opening ceremonies, which begin at 6:30 p.m. A full schedule of events is available at www.soregskate.com.

Where: Spinnations Skating Center, 8345 Congress St., Port Richey

Admission: $5 per day.

Artistic skaters to gather at national meet 06/01/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 1, 2010 11:15pm]

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