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Skaters From Stamford Help Shadows Win Silver Medal At Sectionals

Left to Right: Sami Scordo, Klara Hoherchak, Emily Merole, Emilly Hernandez
Left to Right: Sami Scordo, Klara Hoherchak, Emily Merole, Emilly Hernandez Photo Credit: Contributed
It is particularly bittersweet for four of the 14 Shadows who graduate this year: Emilly Hernandez, Klara Hoherchak, Emily Merole, and Sami Scordo.
It is particularly bittersweet for four of the 14 Shadows who graduate this year: Emilly Hernandez, Klara Hoherchak, Emily Merole, and Sami Scordo. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The Shadows of the Southern Connecticut Skating team (SCSS) brought home the silver medal from the Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships in Richmond, Virginia this past weekend.

This qualifying event hosted over 160 teams from the east coast for three days of competition. The Shadows won 2nd place of 28 open juvenile level teams. After their first skate on Thursday night, they placed third of nine teams in the qualifying round. As expected, the championship round was more competitive with 12 finalists.

The SSCS Shadows’ silver winning performance, to “A Brand New Day” from "The Wiz," demonstrated precision skating, speed, and artistry, as well as incorporated many required synchro skating elements. This championship win brings the Shadows medal count to: one gold (CT Terry Conners Open), two silver (MA Colonials and VA Eastern Championship), and one bronze (Eastern Championship qualifier).

Klara Hoherchak, a senior at Stamford High School and a SCSS skater for 10 years said, “It’s kind of crazy to think about how long us four seniors have been skating together and with the same amazing coaches. I think we all realized that our time together is quickly coming to an end and none of us are even close to ready for that time to come.”

Emilly Hernandez, a senior and Stamford resident added, “Our team’s hard work and dedication paid off today. It helps that we all truly get along and work well together.” Sami Scordo, a senior at Greenwich High School sums this win and her eight years on SCSS, "This win felt like a dream come true and I wouldn’t have had it any other way with the people I love the most. Being able to share these years with my synchro sisters for as long as I can remember has been nothing but a true pleasure. We're exactly like sisters and I think each of us knows that."

Follow their season as their next competition takes them to Hershey, Pa., for the Reflections Invitational on Feb. 14 and 15.

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