University of Delaware Figure Skating Club
The University of Delaware Figure Skating Club (UDFSC) was chartered in January 1986. The University of Delaware is home to the Blue (Fred Rust Arena) and Gold arenas which serve as the home of the University of Delaware Figure Skating Club and the Delaware Ice Skating Science Development Center (ISSDC). The University of Delaware Ice Skating Science Development Center (ISSDC) is a year-round training facility designed to meet the needs of figure skaters, first-time competitors and Olympians. The ISSDC is directed by Ronald Ludington, who has coached skaters in 9 consecutive Olympics and 36 World Championships. His personal credentials include several skating titles: U.S. Pair Champion (1956–60), U.S. Silver Dance Champion (1958), World Bronze Medalist (1959), Olympic Bronze Medalist (1960), and World Invitational Dance Champion (1965).
|Headquarters||Fred Rust Ice Arena|
The University of Delaware FSC is home to many top level National and International coaches. This is one of the main draws to the skating club. Among others, top coaches include:
The following are athletes who have represented the club in competition or have trained at the club.
- Brent Bommentre
- Melissa Bulanhagui
- John Coughlin
- Albena Denkova
- Melissa Gregory
- Akiyuki Kido
- Anjelika Krylova
- Tara Lipinski
- Kimmie Meissner
- Jordan Miller
- Bridget Namiotka
- Kimberly Navarro
- Oleg Ovsiannikov
- Ami Parekh
- Denis Petukhov
- Craig Ratterree
- Shaun Rogers
- Scott Smith
- Maxim Staviski
- Taylor Toth
- Geoffry Varner
- Nozomi Watanabe
- Joel Watson
- Johnny Weir
- Sara Wheat
- Megan Williams-Stewart
- Christine Zukowski
In 2006, the University of Delaware sent 31 figure skaters to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in St. Louis, Missouri, more than any other figure skating club in the United States. Additionally, in 2011 thirty-two skaters from UD qualified for senior and junior national teams after the Eastern sectional championships.
The University of Delaware has a record of strong performances in collegiate figure skating and is one of the top teams in the country as per national rankings. They compete out of the Eastern Conference. The University has been represented at every US National Intercollegiate Figure Skating Championships ever since its inception. Teams qualify for the national championship by competing in three conference competitions. At the conclusion of each event, skaters and university teams are awarded points in each of the three conferences: Eastern, Midwestern and Pacific Coast. The top three teams from each conference qualify for the national championship. Every year, approximately 40 teams enter into the conference competitions and nine qualify for Nationals. The team has won the national championships six times, first in 2002 and most recently in 2016.
The University of Delaware Figure Skating Team has never placed lower than 3rd at the national championships and never lower than second in their conference. Further, individual collegiate skaters who have placed in the top 3 at the US National Collegiate Figure Skating Championships include Melissa Parker (1999, 2002 - Senior Ladies), Mark Butt (2000 - Junior Men), Laura Stefanik (2006, 2007 - Junior Ladies), Jazmyn Manzouri (2006, 2007 - Junior Ladies) and Taylor Toth (2007 - Junior Men).
|University of Delaware Collegiate Figure Skating Results|
|Year||Eastern Championships||U.S. National Championships, location|
|2000||1st||3rd, Oxford (OH)|
|2001||1st||2nd, Boston (MA)|
|2002||1st||1st, Ann Arbor (MI)|
|2003||2nd||2nd, Denver (CO)|
|2004||2nd||2nd, Amherst (MA)|
|2005||2nd||2nd, Oxford (OH)|
|2006||2nd||3rd, San Jose (CA)|
|2007||2nd||2nd, Hanover (NH)|
|2008||2nd||3rd, Ann Arbor (MI)|
|2009||2nd||2nd, Colorado Springs (CO)|
|2010||1st||3rd, Newark (DE)|
|2011||1st||1st, Ann Arbor (MI)|
|2012||1st||2nd, Colorado (CO)|
|2013||1st||1st, Hanover (NH)|
|2014||1st||1st, Ann Arbor (MI)|
|2015||1st||1st, Berkeley (CA)|
|2016||1st||1st, Newark (DE)|
|2017||1st||2nd, Oxford (OH)|
|2018||1st||2nd, Denver (CO)|
- "Jan. 15: UD skaters featured in National Send-Off Exhibition : University of Delaware".
- "Welcome to U.S. Figure Skating".