Last season, the Rams captured four medals at the championships, including a gold and silver by then rookie Katherine Bilinsky (Etobicoke, Ont.). Alysha Gjos (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) took home gold in the Senior Silver Free Skate, while the pair of Katie Docherty (Cambridge, Ont.) and Lisa Jensen (Toronto) skated to bronze in the Junior Silver Similar Dance.
Heading into this year's event, Head Coach Janean Brühn believes her team is healthy and strong heading into the championships.
"It has been a bit of an irregular season as the Winter Invitational competition was cancelled," she said. "We've prepped ourselves by hosting a simulation with U of T's team in late January. We had good performances and made improvements in a number of areas from the Fall Invitational (and have) continued to see improvement week to week in practice and are looking forward to testing our competition legs."
Bilinsky is expected to be pushing for her second-straight gold in the senior silver dance, while Gjos will also be looking to retain the Senior Silver Free Skate title once again. Lisa Makeeva (Toronto) will be a contender in the Gold Free Skate competition, while fellow rookie Christina Pulla (Whitby, Ont.) will push for a podium spot in the Short Program. Docherty and Jensen are also aiming to up their medal colour this week in London.
Other skaters to watch for Ryerson include Katie Holmes (Pickering, Ont.) and Nicole Peck (Keswick, Ont.) in the Senior Silver Similar Dance as well as Toronto natives Barbara Basar and Karen Urquhart in the Creative Dance.
"Overall the team is ready and we are narrowing our focus heading into the event," said Brühn. "We are looking to improve on our fifth-place overall finish at the Fall Invitational and move up in the standings. Finishing in the top half of the OUA and an overall team podium finish is definitely on our minds."
The 2012 OUA Figure Skating Championships run from February 16-17 at Aylmer Arena.