Skyliners Synchronized Skating Junior Team earns top honors at Junior World Qualifer

The Skyliners Synchronized Skating Team’s Junior line recently skated two near perfect programs in an effort to extend their membership on the USFS “World Team” for a third year at the 2012 World Junior Team Selection Competition in Lowell, Mass.
Competing against the strongest teams across the country, the Skyliners’ Junior line’s combined program score of 162.44 was enough to win the competition and earn the honor of being named Team USA 1. The Skyliners, who feature many skaters from Greenwich, earned a score of 49.61 for their short program, an upbeat and energetic program skated to Lady Gaga’s ”Edge of Glory.” This was enough for third place, only .22 points behind the Lexettes of Lexington, Mass., and five points behind Team Braemar of Braemar, Minn.

Wearing black and white feathered dresses, they skated to the music from the movie The Black Swan in the long program. Their outstanding performance electrified the stadium and earned them 112.83 points. Combined with the short program, the Skyliners were in first place with only Team Braemar left to skate, guaranteeing their spot on Team USA. Team Braemar skated a clean program as well, and their long program score of 106.51 earned them the silver medal.

Said Skyliners head coach and Junior line coach Josh Babb: “The girls really impressed me this weekend. They did not let results of the short program impact their performance in the long. They took the ice with confidence and grace, and owned the moment. I am looking forward to seeing them against a strong international field in France next month.”

The Skyliners and Team Braemar will represent the United States in the Junior World Challenge Cup as Team USA 1 and 2 in March in Goteborg, Sweden.
Next up for the Junior team, is the 2012 French Cup in Rouen, France, which takes place February 2-4.

The Skyliners Pre Preliminary, Preliminary, and Pre-Juvenile lines all took top honors recently at the 2012 Colonial Classic, while the Juvenile and Senior lines each earned silver medals. The Novice and Intermediate lines competed in difficult divisions and each finished fifth.
The Skyliners Pre Preliminary team skated to the music “Lollipop.” The line’s solid technical performance and musical interpretation earned them the top spot in their flight and their first victory of the season.
The Pre Juvenile team captured the gold in a large, competitive field. Skating to music from the movie “The Newsies,” the girls skated a fast and technically difficult routine to land on the top of the podium for the third time this season.

The Preliminary team kept their winning streak alive with their upbeat and fast paced skate to music from the Wizard of Oz. They earned top marks by the entire judging panel and secured their fourth gold medal of the season.

The Juvenile line took the ice with command and spirit as they competed in Lowell. Skating to music from the musical “Sister Act,” their upbeat program was enough to earn the silver medal. The Senior line also earned two sliver medals for their performances in both the short and long programs.
The skaters on the Skyline that hail from Greenwich include: Greenwich skaters: Emma Leary, Senior team, Brooke Abbott (Junior), Mairead Brock (Junior), Alexandra Scarpulla (Junior), Julie Goodfriend (Novice), Rebecca Wright (Novice), Jordyn Young (Intermediate), Marisa Goff (Intermediate), Stephanie Achoa (Juvenile), Whitney Elmlinger (Juvenile),
Nathalie Felton (Juvenile), Kathryn Goodfriend (Juvenile), Madison deBlasi (Preliminary), Katherine Elmlinger (Preliminary), Emma Hentemann (Preliminary), Nicole Huber (Preliminary), Heidi Jacobson (Preliminary), Michelle Woo (Preliminary), Kristen Lewis (Pre Juvenile), Raven Vaz (Pre Juvenile), Amanda Brea (Pre Juvenile), Lizzie Essaid (Pre Juvenile), Hanna Tulchinsky (Pre Preliminary), Melissa Woo (Pre Preliminary).

David Fierro