Girls from all over Westchester County came up big for the Skyliners Synchronized Skating Team at the recent 2017 Eastern Synchronized Sectional Championships in Hershey, Penn.
Skyliners teams - which include 12 Scarsdale girls, seven girls from Chappaqua, and three from Ardsley (more listed below) - became gold-medal champions in all five divisions they entered, and qualifying lines will now advance to the U.S. Nationals in Rockford, Ill. Feb. 23-25.
“We knew we had a strong chance at performing well at Easterns, but to capture Gold in every division we competed in was truly outstanding,” said Josh Babb, Skyliners Head Coach and Director of Synchronized Skating. “The skaters have been working incredibly hard, and now our qualifying lines get to compete on the national stage at the U.S. Championships. We are very proud.”
Skyliners sent 123 skaters to the sectional championships, ranging in age from 7-18.
Among the nationally-qualifying lines, Skyliners earned a season-high score in the Novice division for their dramatic “Camelot” themed program. It is the first time in Skyliners history that the Novice line became Eastern champions.
In the Intermediate division, Skyliners earned a season-high score for their “Wizards” program and for the first time in five years became Eastern champions. And in the Juvenile division, Skyliners earned their seventh straight Eastern championship title with their “Angels” program.
All three of those qualifying lines move on to Nationals, as well as Skyliners Junior and Senior, both of which earned byes to Nationals due to their international competition schedules representing Team USA.
Among the non-qualifying lines, the Skyliners Pre-Juvenile skaters were crowned Eastern champions out of 30 teams competing with their entertaining program set to “The Wiz.” In the Preliminary division, where 20 teams competed, Skyliners had two lines in the field: Skyliners Preliminary captured Gold in the final round with their “Wedding” themed program and Pre-Preliminary took 9th place with their clean skate to their “Spanish Dance” program.
“To have our talented skaters on Skyliners perform so well at Easterns was amazing,“ said Sarah Blosat, Skyliners Director of Non-Qualifying Lines. “For many of our younger skaters, this was their first Eastern Championship and an exciting culmination to all their practice over the season.”
Scarsdale girls on the Skyliners team include Gabriella Arovas (Juvenile), Lisa Asriev (Intermediate), Caitlin Chae, Kathleen Coburn (Intermediate), Sophie Miller (Pre-Juvenile), Hillary Schuldenfrei (Pre-Preliminary), Kelly Tse (Pre-Juvenile), Kristen Tse (Novice), Emily Wang (Pre-Juvenile), Natalie Wang (Pre-Preliminary), Serina Wang (Juvenile), and Lauren Zoota (Pre-Juvenile).
Chappaqua skaters include Devisi Goel (Pre-Juvenile), Rhianna Gold (Intermediate), Sophia Huang (Preliminary), Jayne Kim (Pre-Preliminary), Lauren Sallay (Intermediate), Emmy Sloan (Novice), and Allison Bray (Juvenile).
Ardsley skaters include Abigail Isenberg (Pre-Juvenile), Daniela Schwartz (Pre-Juvenile), and Juliette Schwartz (Pre-Juvenile).
Irvington skaters were Rachel Cortese (Novice) and Erika Sipos (Intermediate).
Other Westchester skaters include Dobbs Ferry's Alissa Lopez (Pre-Juvenile), Hartsdale's Angela Mercurio (Intermediate), Hastings' Alison Quiambao (Juvenile), Mamaroneck's Caitlyn Chapey (Novice), New Rochelle's Lily Young (Intermediate), Ossining's Allie Sabini (Pre-Juvenile), Pelham Manor's Kate Loughran (Juvenile), Pleasantville's Sophia Lamb (Novice), Pound Ridge's Mia Chen (Pre-Juvenile), Rye Brook's Gracie Ossorio (Novice), Yonkers' Judey DaRos (Novice), Natasha Witz of Bedford (Novice), Shoshana Schwartz of Ardsley (Intermediate), and Yorktown's Karys Elmore (Pre-Preliminary).
Rockland County's Zoya Smith (West Nyack) was also part of the Skyliners team.