The Southern CT Synchronized Skating team (SCSS), comprised of the Shadows, Shimmers, and the Sprites, racked up their medal count at the 33rd Annual Colonial Classic Synchronized Skating Competition in Lowell, MA this past weekend.

Seven judges unanimously ranked the SCSS Sprites in first place for their gold-winning program to Motown classic, “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by The Temptations.

This is the line’s second gold this season, and their fifth consecutive gold in two seasons. In Saturday’s group of four Synchro Skills Level 2 teams, the Sprites performed their program flawlessly with energy and big smiles.

“We hope we make it look easy,” 10-year-old Sprite Caroline Ellis said. “Our line has its challenges with different skill levels and big age differences from our youngest seven-year olds to our oldest 13-year-olds.”

“The older, more experienced Sprites try to help the younger, or first year Sprites,” Rebecca Middlen, a second-year Sprite and 13-year-old skater from Norwalk added. “By preparing them for what it’s like to skate at the awesome Tsongas Center arena.”

The SCSS Shadows earned silver on the podium for their captivating swing dance performance to Jessica Simpson’s “Swing with Me Baby.”

The group of seven Open Juvenile teams was highly competitive with first place winner Rainbow Connection from Potsdam, NY, skating a fast Irish jig; a British-Bond theme from Team Esprit; a Latin theme from Team Munchkins, and other teams skating to music from Beyoncé, Queen, and 80’s pop tunes.

“We got a lot of things right today,” 15-year-old Shadows skater Danielle Nugent said. “We felt together and there was good energy from the audience and judges.”

Said Gina Valenzano-Gomez, SCSS Head Coach, “While it’s been a long day, I am very, very proud of all three lines. They practiced hard, handled challenges really well, and today, we really pulled together as one team supporting each other on and off the ice.”

The three coaches, Valenzano, Val Legutko and Kari Pace started their challenging 16-hour Saturday with a 5 a.m. practice, followed by a full day of competitions for each of the three SCSS lines, and ended the day after 9 p.m. at the rink.

The consistently successful SCSS team benefits from these coaches’ unwavering commitment and dedication that they demonstrate every day—and have done so for the last 20 years.

This year’s team is comprised of 41 skaters from Stamford, Greenwich, Westport, Darien, Norwalk, New Canaan, Southport, and White Plains, NY. For more information about the SCSS team, visit: or Like them on Facebook at: Southern Connecticut Synchronized Skating.