STAMFORD, Conn. -- Three teams from Southern Connecticut Synchronized Skating won medals at the Terry Conners Southern Connecticut Synchronized Skating Open last weekend in Stamford.
The Shadows (Open Juvenile) and Sprites (Beginner 2) won silver medals and Shimmers (Pre-juvenile) took pewter.
The Shadows, skating to “Many Shades of Black” by Adele, were led on to the ice by Darien resident Michelle Han. She said she "felt like a little kid on Christmas; the feeling of being super excited, but not knowing what will come. Without our coaches Gina, Val, and Kari our team would probably not be where it is right now. They constantly remind us that we are a team, a family, and that we have to skate as one.”
The teams are coached by Stamford residents Gina Valenzano-Gomez, head coach, and assistant coaches Val Legutko and Kari Pace. The coaches choreograph the programs to music and are involved in all aspects of training and developing the skaters.
Shadows, Shimmers and Sprites have team members residing in Stamford, Norwalk, Darien, Greenwich, Riverside, New Canaan, Cos Cob, Westport and White Plains.
Shadows members are Michelle Han, Alexis Hartigan, Emily Merole, Emilly Hernandez, Klara Hoherchak, Kalaudia Auz, Amanda Brea, Samantha Scordo, Rachel Bellantoni, Brooke Ferris and Sydney Willis.
Shimmers members are Julia Brown, Alyssa Fish, Natalie Pesantez, Olivia Linnartz, Kelly Fox, Danielle Nugent, Isabela Malone, Natalie Hernandez, Rachel Iannazzo, Chloe Tsoi, Kara McLaughlin, Stephanie Tancs and Deanna Gladstone.
Sprites members are Zoe Kassapidis, Jolee Pisacano, Nicole Salantay, Vanessa Wynter, Nevaeh Mills, Madeline Ciampa, Athena Hartigan, Ava Aguiar, Veda Malhotra, Chloe Gerace, Caitlyn Foster, Adeline Hawley, and Isabella Osinovsky.
All three teams are expected to compete in January at the Colonial Classic Competition in Lowell, Mass.