Skyliners stay hot at Colonials
Published 12:00 am, Thursday, January 26, 2017
Six lines of the Skyliners synchronized skating team medaled in all six of their divisions at the Colonial Classic Synchronized Skating Competition in Lowell, Massachusetts.
The Novice, Juvenile, Pre-Juvenile and Beginner lines earned the Gold medal, and Intermediate and Preliminary earned Silver. The Pre-Preliminary line, competing in the Preliminary division, took fifth.
Skaters from Darien include Maggie Brooks (Junior line), Mia Sparks (Novice line), Clara Baurmeister (Intermediate line), Mae Archie and Veda Malhotra (Juvenile line), Sadie Archie, Morgan Dweck and Abigail Hurst (Preliminary line), Meisha Butler and Tatum Jaroch (Beginner line).
Colonials is considered one of the biggest competitions of the synchro season because it leads into the Eastern Synchronized Skating Championships, this year in Hershey, Pennsylvania. The Skyliners impressive results throughout the season, especially at Colonials, make the team a strong contender in the upcoming sectional championships.
"Colonials was a great success for Skyliners,” said Sarah LeBlanc Blosat, Skyliners Director of Non-Qualifying Lines. “This season has been so exciting for both the skaters and coaches. The team is performing incredibly well among top-notch competitors, and we continue to work hard on improving the routines for Easterns."
Among the nationally qualifying lines, Skyliners Novice performed their stirring “Camelot” program, earning first place with a final score of 58.82. Last year’s national champions—Skyliners Intermediate—performed their dramatic “Wizards” program, earning Silver with a final score of 54.74. And Skyliners Juvenile - also 2016 national champions - earned a score of 45.36 and the Gold medal with their “Angels” program.
Among the non-qualifying lines, Skyliners Pre-Juvenile entertained the crowd with their gold medal-winning program set to “The Wiz.” Skyliners Preliminary earned Silver with their enchanting “Wedding” program and Skyliners Pre-Preliminary took fifth place with their entertaining “Spanish Dance” program. Skyliners Beginner earned Gold with their lively “Hawaiian” themed program.
January has also been a success for Skyliners TEAM USA lines - Senior and Junior -both representing the United States abroad at two international competitions each.
Skyliners Junior was recently crowned champion at the Cup of Berlin in Germany, earning the Gold medal among the world’s top synchro teams with their riveting short and long programs. They travel to the French Cup in early February to compete again.
Skyliners Senior just won the Bronze medal in Salzburg, Austria at the Mozart Cup. They will travel to Zagreb, Croatia for the Zagreb Snowflakes Trophy in February.
“It’s a huge honor to be representing Team USA for the 10th year in a row,” said Josh Babb, Skyliners Head Coach and Director of Synchronized Skating. “We’ve had a standout season so far and we’re hoping to continue that success abroad.”
Tryouts and clinics for Skyliners 2017-18 season will be announced soon. Check the website at www.skylinerssynchro.com for the latest information.