Skyliners skaters win at nationals
Published 2:29 pm, Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Local skaters Mae Archie, Clara Baurmeister, Veda Malhotra and Mia Sparks were crowned National Champions at the 2016 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Kalamazoo, Michigan early in the month.
Archie, Baurmeister and Malhotra are members of the Skyliners Juvenile Synchronized Skating Team. Sparks is a member of the Skyliners Intermediate Synchronized Skating Team. Local skater Maggie Brooks placed sixth at Nationals and second at Easterns and is a member of Skyliners Novice.
Archie (a sixth Grader at St. Luke’s School), Baurmeister (a seventh Grader at Middlesex), Malhotra (also a seventh Grader at Middlesex), Sparks, (an eighth Grader at Middlesex) and Brooks (a ninth Grader at DHS) all traveled to Nationals with their teammates to compete among the twelve best synchronized skating teams in the country in their division.
Performing to music from the Broadway show “9 to 5,” Archie, Baurmeister, Malhotra and the Skyliners Juvenile team impressed the judges with their best skate of the season, earning eight number one placements from the nine-judge panel. It was a historic season for the team, winning gold medals at every competition they attended, including their sixth straight gold medal at the 2016 Eastern Championships in Richmond, Virginia.
Performing to a dynamic “Superheroes” music medley, Sparks and the Skyliners Intermediate team impressed the panel of nine judges with the technical difficulty of their program. Their skate earned them their best score of the season, and Skyliners first national crown in the Intermediate division.
Performing to an inspiring “New York” music medley, Brooks and the Skyliners Novice team impressed the crowd with the high level of their program. Their skate earned them sixth place in the nation among a tough field of competitors, as well as a silver medal earlier in the year at the 2016 Eastern Sectional Synchronized Skating Championships in Richmond, Virginia.
“We have all worked so hard all season and having the skate of our lives to win Gold at Nationals was a dream come true,” said the three juvenile skaters.
“It’s been a record season for Skyliners,” said Josh Babb, Skyliners Head Coach and Director of Synchronized Skating. “As our team grows, so do our accomplishments. Our skaters work extremely hard, and their efforts have really paid off this year.”