Gold flows for Skyliners at nationals
Updated 5:23 pm, Tuesday, March 14, 2017
The Skyliners synchronized skating team capped a record-breaking season with four of its qualifying lines winning gold medals and the Senior line earning Bronze at the 2017 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Rockford, Illinois, Feb. 23-25.
The Junior, Novice, Intermediate and Juvenile lines all topped the podium and were crowned National Champions after competing among the best teams in the nation.
“This season has been truly exceptional, with all of our lines performing at the top of their game,” said Josh Babb, Skyliners Head Coach and Director of Synchronized Skating. “Earning four 2017 national titles and the Senior bronze is a testament to how extremely hard working and determined our skaters and coaches have been.”
New Canaan residents on the team include NCHS freshmen Lucy Potter (Novice line) and Nikka Staron (Intermediate line) as well at Saxe Middle School seventh graders Taylor Carmine and Kat Root, and sixth grader Priscilla Liao (Juvenile line).
Skyliners Junior - who will represent the United States at the World Junior Synchronized Skating championships in Mississauga, Canada, Mar. 10-11, 2017 - earned a total score of 174.67 points and the Junior National Crown with their rousing “Last of the Mohicans” free skate and their dramatic “Gangster Hip Hop” short program. It is their fourth big win this season including New England Challenge Cup, Porter Classic and The Cup of Berlin in Germany, proving that they are a force to be reckoned with. All eyes now turn to Worlds.
Skyliners Senior - just coming off a gold medal win representing Team USA at the Zagreb Snowflakes Trophy in Croatia - earned bronze in the highly competitive Senior division with a total score of 172.96 points, performing their Whitney Houston themed free skate and “California Dreaming” short program. It’s their third straight bronze-medal win at Nationals.
Skyliner Novice earned their first-ever national title with a powerful Camelot-themed program that earned a score of 75.93. It was a perfect end to their historic all-gold medal season.
Skyliners Intermediate earned their second straight national championship, skating to a dazzling wizard-themed program. Their exciting performance earned them a high score of 65.31.
And Skyliners Juvenile earned their fourth national championship title with their inspiring “Angels” program. In their first season being judged under the IJS system, the Juvenile line won gold with a high score of 46.45 points.
Tryouts and clinics for the Skyliners 2017-18 season begin March 3 and continue into early April. Skaters of all ages and levels are welcome. Check the website at www.skylinerssynchro.com for more detailed information.