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Local Skaters To Compete in U.S. Junior Champs

More than a dozen skaters from the Washington Figure Skating Club are slated to compete in the U.S. Junior Figure Skating Championships beginning Monday in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Haley Mulera, 12, of Rockville; Taylor Hoover, 14, of Ashburn; and Molly Crawford, 14, of Germantown give the Washington Figure Skating Club three representatives in the intermediate field of 41 skaters. Kathryn (Kit) Albaugh, 11, of Arlington will be compete in the juvenile category.

Mulera won silver in the juvenile category of last year's U.S. junior championships and has been selected to the U.S. Figure Skating Association's developmental team.

Five ice-dance teams will also compete next week: the brother-sister team of Danvi and Vu Pham of Silver Spring, who placed second at last year's event and also are developmental team members. Quinn Carpenter (Wheaton) and Lorraine McNamara (Germantown); Kristina Rexford (Silver Spring) and Michael Parsons (Derwood, Md.); Katherine Gourianova and Andrew Hickey (Silver Spring); and Rachel Parsons (Derwood) and Kyle MacMillan also will compete.

In other local news, two skaters, Armin Mabahnoozadeh, 17, and Kristine Musademba, 16, have already claimed spots at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Cleveland in January. Both skaters won junior grand prix events this year in Spain and qualified for the Junior Grand Prix Final in Seoul, South Korea, Dec. 10-14.

Mabahnoozadeh won last year's U.S. championships in the novice category, while Musademba claimed the silver. Musademba also won the pewter medal last year in the junior category.

The Washington Figure Skating Club, based in Rockville, is the second largest skating club in the nation with more than 750 members and has eight affiliated rinks in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

The rinks with skaters belonging to Washington Figure Skating Club are Cabin John Ice Rink (Rockville), Ashburn Ice House (Ashburn), Fort Dupont Ice Arena (Washington), Kettler Capitals IcePlex (Arlington), Mount Vernon Ice Rink (Alexandria), SkateQuest Prince William (Dale City), SkateQuest Reston, (Reston), Wheaton Regional Park Rink (Wheaton).

By Amy Shipley  |  December 4, 2008; 4:38 PM ET
Categories:  Figure Skating  
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