STAMFORD, Conn. – Six lines of the Skyliners Synchronized Skating Team medaled in all six of their divisions at the Colonial Classic Synchronized Skating competition held earlier this month in Lowell, Mass.
The novice line earned the pewter medal, intermediate earned silver, juvenile earned gold, pre-juvenile earned silver and preliminary and beginner both earned gold.
Seventy-nine skaters from Fairfield County compete with Skyliners, including 18 skaters from Stamford. Colonials is considered one of the biggest competitions of the synchro season because it leads into the Eastern Synchronized Skating Championships, being held this year on Thursday, Jan. 28, through Saturday, Jan. 30 in Richmond, Va.
The Skyliners results throughout the season, and especially at Colonials, make the team a strong contender in the upcoming sectional championships.
"Colonials was a great success for Skyliners,“ said Sarah LeBlanc Blosat, Skyliners director of non-qualifying lines. “This season has been so exciting for both the skaters and coaches. The team is performing incredibly well among top-notch competitors, and we continue to work hard on improving the routines for Easterns."
Skyliners senior and junior lines trained in Lake Placid, N.Y., recently for their international competitions, where both lines will represent Team USA.
United States Figure Skating awarded the Skyliners Junior line – the 2015 National Champions – with two international assignments. They traveled to Gothenburg, Sweden, to compete in the Leon Lurje Trophy on Saturday and Sunday. They will later compete in the French Cup on Friday, Feb. 5, and Saturday, Feb. 6, among the best synchro teams in the world.
The Skyliners Senior line will travel to Neuchatel, Switzerland, to compete as Team USA in the Neuchatel Trophy on Saturday, Jan. 30, and Sunday, Jan. 31.
“It’s a huge honor to be representing Team USA for the 8th year in a row,” said Josh Babb, Skyliners head coach and director of Synchronized Skating. “We’ve had a standout season so far domestically and we’re hoping to continue that success abroad.”
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