Coral Springs’ skater Torgashev sets record at nationals


South Florida skaters earned their second national title this week as Andrew Torgashev of Coral Springs completed a dominant performance Friday in the junior men’s competition at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.

Torgashev, at 13 the youngest skater in the field, was in a class by himself as he won by nearly 32 points with a personal-best score of 225.24. It was the highest total ever recorded by a junior man at nationals.

It was the third national title for Torgashev, who also won at the juvenile (2011) and intermediate (2012) levels. So his victory wasn’t a surprise, but the margin was.

“I was a bit surprised myself, but then I thought, why do I have to be surprised, I’ve been doing that in practice for the last four weeks?” Torgashev said by phone following the competition at Greensboro, N.C.

Torgashev, an eighth grader at North Broward Prep, is among seven Panthers Figure Skating Club members who have been impressing judges this week at nationals. Earlier in the week, Sophia Chouinard won in juvenile girls.