The Skyliners synchronized skating team traveled south to the 2018 Eastern Synchronized Sectional Championships on a mission - to perform their best and earn the coveted spots to the National Championships.

But their results were even bigger - Skyliners became the Gold-medal champions in four divisions (Preliminary, Pre-Juvenile, Juvenile and Intermediate), earned a Bronze medal in the Novice division, and all five qualifying lines (Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice, Junior and Senior) earned spots to Nationals.

“We knew we had a strong chance at performing well at Easterns, and we are very proud of the results,” said Josh Babb, Skyliners Head Coach and Director of Synchronized Skating. “The skaters have been working incredibly hard, and now our qualifying lines get to compete on the national stage at the U.S. Championships in Portland, Oregon this February.”

More than 1500 synchronized skaters gathered in sunny Florida to compete at the Eastern Sectional Championships. Of those, Skyliners sent 126 skaters, ranging in age from 7-18. Among the nationally-qualifying lines, Skyliners earned a season high score of 67.99 in the Novice division for their dramatic “Phantom of the Opera” program, taking the Bronze medal. In the Intermediate division, Skyliners earned a season high score of 69.75 for their entertaining “Addams Family” program and were crowned Eastern champions.

In the Juvenile division, Skyliners earned their eighth-straight Eastern championship title with their rousing “Hello Dolly” program, which earned a 52.25. All three of those qualifying lines move on to Nationals as well as Skyliners Junior and Senior, both of which earned byes to Nationals due to their international competition schedules representing Team USA.

Among the non-qualifying lines, the Skyliners Pre-Juvenile skaters were crowned Eastern champions out of 18 teams competing, with their entertaining “Queen of Hearts” program. In the Preliminary division where 15 teams competed, Skyliners had two lines in the field: Skyliners Preliminary captured Gold with their fun “Elvis Medley” and Pre-Preliminary took the Pewter medal with their sassy “Roaring 20s” program.

“To have our talented skaters on Skyliners perform so well at Easterns was amazing,“ said Sarah Blosat, Skyliners Director of Non-Qualifying Lines. “For many of our younger skaters, this was their first Eastern Championship and an exciting culmination to all their practice over the season.”

Numerous New Canaan residents are members of the Skyliners team, including: Taylor DelCarmine, Novice line, eighth grader at Saxe Middle School; Kat Root, Novice line, eighth grader at Saxe Middle School; Nikka Staron, Novice line, 10th grader at New Canaan High School; Emmy Eason, Juvenile line, seventh grader at Saxe Middle School; Charlotte Flanagan, Juvenile line, sixth grader at the Convent of the Sacred Heart; Priscilla Liao, Juvenile line, seventh grader at Saxe Middle School; Cora Linn Burke, Pre Juvenile line, seventh grader at Saxe Middle School; Fifi Staron, Preliminary line, fifth grader at Saxe Middle School; Siddhi Singhania, Pre Preliminary line, fifth grader at Saxe Middle School; Kira Titova, Pre Preliminary line, seventh grader at Saxe Middle School.

Skyliners will now devote the early part of February to preparing for the 2018 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, which will take place in Portland, Oregon February 22-24.