8th grader Ayaha Chen competed and received her season’s best score at the Southwestern Regional Championship in Grapevine, Texas this past October. She placed 3rd out of 49 ladies at the Intermediate Level, which qualified her to compete at the US Junior Figure Skating Championship in East Lansing, Michigan, in December.
The U.S. Junior Championship consisted of a qualifying round and a final round. In the qualifying round there are two groups of skaters, about 20-21 skaters per group. Only skaters that placed in the top four of each regions (there are 9 regions in the US) at the levels of Juvenile and Intermediate are allowed to compete at the Junior Championship. To skate in the final round at the Junior Championship, the skater must place in the top 10 of each group of their respective skating level.
Ayaha placed 15th out of 21 skaters in Group A. In the qualifying round, she skated a long program. Skaters in the final round skate both the short and long programs. Combined scores of the short and long determine the overall placement.
Ayaha picked up figure skating more than six years ago. She practices at the Chavez Center ice arena, and trains with coaches in Colorado Springs. Click here to view a video which shows her long program from the Regional Championship. Congratulations Ayaha!