2018 U.S. Intercollegiate Championships: Feeling a Mile High, Boston Repeats as Champions
By Sarah Arnold
Boston University repeated as champions at the 2018 Intercollegiate Team Championships, held April 15–16 at Magness Arena on the University of Denver campus. It was their fourth national title.
The Terriers earned points in 23 of 40 events, finishing with 111 points overall. University of Delaware placed second with 98 points, while Adrian College in Michigan ended up third with 91 points.
Heidi Munger and Kjerstyn Hall paced the champions by finishing first and second, respectively, in the senior championship ladies free skate. Boston University’s Sarah Godwin and Tiffany Henry led the charge in the junior championship ladies free skate, placing second and fifth, respectively.
“It’s testament to all the hard work and dedication by each and every one of the skaters,” Alyssa Uzumcu, a senior at Boston University, said. “As a team, we recognize the importance of academic success, because it allows us to have fun and enjoy our time on the ice. We have learned to have a lot of trust and support for each other, and that is the biggest reason for our success the past two seasons.”
In 2017, Boston University ended the University of Delaware’s four-year championship run.
For Munger, a silver medalist at the 2017 U.S. Collegiate Championships, it was her first Intercollegiate Team Championships.
“It’s so nice to have the support from my teammates and hear people cheering from the stands,” Munger said. “The environment is more laid back than what I’m used to (she placed 15th in championship ladies at the 2016 U.S. Championships) and I really enjoyed being surrounded by all people who really love to skate and choose to be here.”
Munger, who was one of the skating doubles in the movie I, Tonya, admitted that her performance wasn’t her best.
“I am proud, though, that I came back in the second half of the program and fought through to the end,” she said. “This was also my first time not competing IJS (international judging system) since I was probably pre-juvenile, so it felt a little different.”
The Terriers entered the season with more than half of their team newcomers.
“I know they felt a lot of pressure to win,” Andrea Mohns-Brillaud, who has coached the Boston University Figure Skating Club for a decade, said. “I tried to have them focus on the preparation and not the outcome. They came together to set a goal and they achieved it.”
This year marked the first time that four teams from each of the regions advanced to the Intercollegiate Championships.
Read more about the 2018 U.S. Intercollegiate Championships in the current issue of SKATING magazine.