Bosher earns bronze at figure skating collegiate nationals
August 1, 2019 | Aston, Pa.
Angela Bosher, a rising junior captain on Liberty University's figure skating team, placed third in the Novice division for the second time in three years at the U.S. Figure Skating Collegiate National Championships, held July 29-Aug. 1 at the IceWorks Skating Complex in Aston, Pa.
"Angela really pulled through and shined her best, even coming off an injury she has been dealing with," Lady Flames Head Coach Dawn Harter said. "She hit it off well to bring some confidence into the fall season, when she will be coming back full force and skating up at the Junior level in her long program."
Hope Lassiter, a 16-year-old rising sophomore who started in Liberty's online program and will be one of 10 incoming figure skating recruits, also represented the Lady Flames in the Senior division, the highest level at collegiate nationals.
|Angela Bosher and Hope Lassiter practiced at the LaHaye Ice Center before traveling to the U.S. Collegiate Nationals in Aston, Pa.|
"Hope was in a very tough group of more than 20 skaters and even though she didn't place in the top five, she did very well for her first time skating by herself," Harter said, noting that she previously competed with a partner in intermediate ice dancing. "She is learning what things she can put into a solo program and how to have fun with it."
Harter is happy to have Lassiter on the team as a late residential recruit in early June, when her family relocated from Texas to Lynchburg.
"She brings a lot of high energy and is going to be part of the synchro team as well," Harter said. "She will be the youngest skater to be involved with both programs."
Other returning skaters planning to compete on both teams are rising seniors Chelsea Henry, who will try synchronized skating for the first time; Carley Bryant, Emma Henderson, and Caitlyn Malayev, who were only members of the synchronized skating team last year; returning dual-sport juniors Haley Gram and Emily Wilson; and Alecia Bernau, an incoming freshman from Pennsylvania.
The rest of the freshman class includes Abbie Bell, Olivia Ford, Sarah Jamieson, Sara Phelps, Claire Rivas, Sarah Yoder, Marissa Harter, and Sarah Hicks, younger sisters of former figure skaters Sibylle Harter ('18) and Rebekah Hicks ('17). Other returning skaters include sophomores Aviana Dettmer, Abigail Judson and Abbie Steelman, junior Mya Pritts, and seniors Sarah Embry, Jill Holste, Christa Lesher, and Hannah Walker.
Bosher and rising senior Hoste, a Preliminary Solo Dance specialist, will serve as team captains.
Tryouts at the LaHaye Ice Center are set for Sept. 13 at 1:15 p.m. for ice dance soloists and Sept. 15 at 1:45 p.m. for frees skaters.
The Lady Flames, who finished ninth in the final Eastern Sectionals standings last season, will have a much better shot of qualifying for nationals with a top-four finish this season now that the Eastern Section will be separated into Northeast and Southeast divisions.
Liberty will be in the Southeast and compete with teams from Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Besides Delaware, the only schools that placed ahead of the Lady Flames last season were Carnegie-Mellon (Pa.) and Penn State.
Perennial powers including Boston, UConn, Cornell, Dartmouth, New York University, and Sacred Heart will be in the Northeast division.
"That gives us more of an opportunity to reach the nationals competition at the end of March in Minnesota," Harter said.
There are only two Southeast division competitions set so far, including one hosted by Liberty at the LaHaye Ice Center on Feb. 15, with another on March 7 at Delaware.