Stamford Skating Teams Medal At Mass. Competition

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Sprites from the Southern Connecticut Synchronized Skating Club won gold at the Colonial Classic. Photo Credit: Contributed
Shimmers from the Southern Connecticut Synchronized Skating Club also won gold. Photo Credit: Contributed
Shadows from the Southern Connecticut Synchronized Skating Club show their pewter medals. Photo Credit: Contributed
Shimmers perform at the Colonial Classic en route to a gold medal. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. – Three teams from the Stamford-based Southern Connecticut Synchronized Skating Club won medals, including two golds, at the Colonial Classic last weekend in Lowell, Mass.

The club’s Shimmers, a prejuvenile team, and Sprites, a beginner 2 team, won gold medals. Shadows, an open juvenile team, took a pewter medal.

“When we came off the ice, we all looked at each other and said it doesn't matter if we medal or not, that was the best skate we did all season,’’ said Stamford’s Stephanie Tancs, a Shimmers skater. “Winning the gold medal was the icing on the cake.”

Stamford’s Tessa Kurtz said she was happy Sprites won a gold medal after months of diligent work. “I  was a little nervous before entering the rink, but once our skates hit the ice we just enjoyed the moment,’’ she said.

“We skated well and did our best, and the rest was up to the judges,’’ added Sami Scordo of Greenwich, a member of Shadows.

The teams are made up of girls from Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Riverside, New Canaan and Westport in Connecticut  and Old Bethpage, Scarsdale, and Rye Brook in New York.

The next competition stop for Shadows and Shimmers is the Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championship in Lake Placid, N.Y., beginning Jan. 31.

The club will host tryouts for the three 2013-14 teams in March. Visit the team’s website for more information.

Picture identifications: Sprites: Olivia Linnartz, Kelly Fox, Julia Brown, Tessa Kurtz, Annie Gong, Zoe Kassapidis, Rachel Iannazzo, Natalia Paluchniak, Michelle Paluchniak, Chloe Gerace and Athena Hartigan.

Shadows: Candace Wright, Katrina Vassell, Emily Merole, Alexis Hartigan, Ariel Goldman, Rebecca Kniffin, Katrine Ryan, Amanda Brea, Rachel Bellantoni, Klara Hoherchak, Sami Scordo, Emilly Hernandez and Katie Marciano.

Shimmers: Stephanie Tancs, Natalie Hernandez, Danielle Nugent, Kathryn Berger, Brooke Ferris, Haley Fuller, Isabela Malone, Michelle Han, Lily Fine, Rachel Mensah, Margot Sosa, Rhea Munjal, Kalaudia Auz, Sydney Willis and Alyssa Fish.

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