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Mariah Bell becomes the oldest US women's figure skating national champion in 95 years

It's been a long wait for 25-year-old Mariah Bell.

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It's been a long wait for 25-year-old Mariah Bell.

For the first time in the nine years she's been a senior competitor, Bell has won the U.S. women's figure skating national title following the conclusion of the women's free skate on Friday night -- making her the oldest U.S. women's figure skating national champion in 95 years.

Bell is looking to become the oldest U.S. Olympic women's singles skater in 94 years. The three-woman U.S. team will be named Saturday.

The 2018 Olympian Karen Chen finished second, while 14-year-old Isabeau Levito -- who is not eligible for the 2022 Olympics because of age requirements -- finished third.

Alysa Liu, a two-time national champion who was in third place after Thursday's short program, was forced to pull out of the competition Friday after testing positive for COVID-19. Liu, who said on social media that she was "feeling good physically and mentally," still potentially could be chosen for the Olympic team.