STAMFORD, Conn. -- Two synchronized skating teams from Stamford's Southern CT Synchronized Skating won medals at the Colonial Classic last weekend in Lowell, Mass.
Sprites won gold and Shadows won silver in the competition. The Shimmers also participated for the Stamford club. The team is comprised of 41 skaters from Stamford, Greenwich, Westport, Darien, Norwalk, New Canaan, Southport and White Plains.
Sprites were the unanimous gold medal pick by seven judges for their program to the Motown classic, “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by The Temptations. It is the line’s second gold this season, and their fifth consecutive gold in two seasons.
In Saturday’s group of four Synchro Skills Level 2 teams, the Sprites performed their program flawlessly with energy and big smiles. “We hope we make it look easy as our line has its challenges with different skill levels and big age differences from our youngest seven-year olds to our oldest 13-year-olds,” said 10-year-old Sprite Caroline Ellis.
Shadows earned silver on the podium for their captivating swing dance performance to Jessica Simpson’s “Swing with Me Baby." Rainbow Connection from Potsdam, N.Y. took gold. “We got a lot of things right today – we felt together and there was good energy from the audience and judges,” Shadows skater Danielle Nugent said.
"I am very, very proud of all three lines,'' coach Gina Valenzano-Gomez said. "They practiced hard, handled challenges really well, and today, we really pulled together as one team supporting each other on and off the ice.”
Sprites : Elizabeth Brown, Sarah Boside, Danielle Curis, Maddie Fredericks, Emily Seligson, Caroline Ellis, Rebecca Middlen, Jennifer Olmsted, Julia Peldunas. Front row left to right: Stephanie Boccuzzi, Sydni Foster, Anna Livits, Anastasia Ladyka, Rebecca Conroy, Gabriella Stemp.
Shadows : Back row left to right: Deanna Gladstone, Kara McLaughlin, Stephanie Tancs, Madeline Ciampa, Rachel Iannazzo, Vanessa Wynter, Olivia Linnartz. Front row left to right: Michelle Han, Isabella Osinovsky, Alyssa Fish, Natalie Pesantez, Danielle Nugent, Sarah Meyer.
Stamford girls on the teams are: Shadows: Alyssa Fish, Deanna Gladstone, Natalie Hernandez, Kara McLaughlin, Sarah Meyers, Danielle Nugent, Isabella Osinovsky, Natalie Pesantez, and Staphanie Tancs. Shimmers: Sarah Arevalo, Caitlyn Foster, Chloe Gerace, Paola Gonzalez, Sofia Gonzalez, Nevaeh Mills and Olivia Osinovsky. Sprites: Sarah Boside, Elizabeth Brown, Rebecca Conroy, Caroline Ellis, Sydni Foster, Anastasia Ladyka, Anna Livitz and Emily Seligson.
Norwalk girls are: Shadows, Kalaudia Auz, Rachel Iannazzo. Sprites: Stephanie Boccuzzi, Rebecca Middlen.
Greenwich girls are: Shimmers, Adeline Hawley, Talia Klein. Sprites: Jennie Olmsted, Julia Peldunas.
Westport girls are: Shadows, Vanessa Wynter; Shimmers: Sabrina Paris, Samantha Paris.
Darien girls are: Shadows: Michelle Han; Shimmers: Jahnavi Orr.
New Canaan girls are: Shadows: Olivia Linnartz. Sprites: Maddie Fredericks.
Southport girl is: Danielle Curis, Sprites.
White Plains girl is: Madeline Ciampa, Shadows.