CLEVELAND - Local figure skater and Tri-C student Katie McBeath is on the rise -- both as an up and coming senior level figure skater, but also as a full time college student.
The 19-year-old Tri-C sophomore is working towards a degree in Child Psychology while also training up to 20 hours per week, perfecting triple jumps as she works her way towards her goal of competing on the national stage.
McBeath recently won silver in the U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championships in Rochester, Mich. The competition consisted of 54 athletes vying for titles in junior and senior ladies and men's singles.
Up against a group of more than 30 skaters in her division, McBeath topped skaters with international competition experience, as well as skaters from larger schools such as University of Michigan, Michigan State, Harvard, Boston College, Syracuse and Rice.
Her freeskate program for this season features a selection called "I Love You" from the movie "The Last Sin Eater.' In her route to her second place finish, McBeath completed a double flip, triple Lutz, a triple loop-double toe, triple loop and a double Axel. She earned the silver medal with a total score of 135.64.
McBeath is a native of Garfield Heights where she began skating at the Dan Kostel Recreation Center at age six. She now trains locally with coaches Sally Tasca and Jacqueline Henry. She loves taking classes at Tri-C because they are flexible with her training schedule and they also allow her to take classes online.
While Katie’s immediate skating goals are to qualify for the 2015 U.S. Figure Skating Championships held in January, she one day hopes to pursue a career as a child life specialist/psychologist.
For more information about the 2014 U.S. Collegiate Figure Skating Championships, visit: http://web.icenetwork.com/home .