The 2005 Liberty club competition starts on Wednesday, July 13 and runs
through Saturday, July 16 at the IceWorks Rink Complex in Aston, PA (just west of Philadelphia). The marquee event this year is easily senior men's (SP event is scheduled for Friday 7:35-9:30 pm and the FS event has been rescheduled to *1:45 PM* on Saturday after the Senior Ladies free skate [2 groups, 9:15 am-1:30 pm] is complete.)
Eighteen senior men have registered, and the unofficial, word-of-mouth roster includes:
Jordan Brauninger (assigned to Junior Grand Prix), Mauro Bruni, Wesley Campbell, Derrick Delmore, Ryan Jahnke (Cup of China Grand Prix), Nicholas LaRoche, Parker Pennington, Craig Ratterree (JGP), Shaun Rogers (Nebelhorn Trophy), Scott Smith, Michael Solonoski, Tommy Steenberg, Rohene Ward, David Weintraub, and Jason Wong.
Non-U.S. skaters: Keegan Murphy from Canada, and Joel Watson, who represented New Zealand at 2005 Jr. Worlds and Four Continents. Unfortunately, Jeremy Abbott (2005 U.S. junior champ; assigned to Nebelhorn Trophy) has withdrawn from Liberty due to injury.
Kimmie Meissner (3rd at 2005 U.S. Nationals) most likely will not be competing at Liberty this year (not surprising since her competitive season on the Sr. GP starts much later), but some of the 40+(!) senior ladies scheduled to compete include the following skaters (all of whom qualified for 2005 U.S. Nationals at either the novice, junior or senior levels):
Emily Hughes (assigned to Cup of Russia GP), Katy Taylor (JGP), Megan Williams-Stewart (short program only; JGP), Jane Bugaeva, Katherine Hadford, Christine Zukowski (JGP), Megan Oster (JGP), Angie Lien, and 2005 novice champ Rachael Flatt (short program only; she's also competing in the Junior events at Liberty but is too young for the JGP this season because she turns 13 after the July 1st deadline).
Senior Pairs (likely roster): Tiffany Vise/Derek Trent (now coached by Doug Ladret in Arizona), Amanda Evora/Mark Ladwig (Canada GP) and Shantel Jordan/Jeremy Barrett (both coached by Kerry Leitch), Katie Beriau/Joe Gazzola (coached by Vadim Naumov), and perhaps the debut of Tiffany Scott/Rusty Fein (SP only).
Junior Grand Prix (JGP) skaters/teams scheduled to compete (besides those listed above):
Douglas Razzano, Geoff Varner, Stephen Carriere, Anna Peng, and Molly Aaron/Taylor Toth (pairs). In addition to the Northeastern states, skaters will be coming from Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Texas. As always, the junior/novice/intermediate men's and ladies' fields should be deep and highly competitive.
Driving directions to the Aston rink complex:
Competition schedule (by day and rink -- 3 rinks will be used!):
This is one of the absolutely best bargains in competitive skating -- free admission to an early season preview of new programs from talented skaters of all ages!