SCSS team skates to more medals
The Southern CT Synchronized Skating team (SCSS) won Gold and Silver at the Connecticut Synchronized Skating Classic at the Northford Ice Pavilion, Northford, CT; bringing the team's total medal count for the season to eight.
"That felt amazing! I could feel that we were going to win Gold!" said Daniela Castagna, a Beginner 2 Sprite skater and Greenwich resident.
Caitlyn Foster, a resident of Stamford and fourth grader at Newfield Elementary School said, "When we turned backwards in the line, I saw that the line was connected for the first time and the pinwheel looked great!"
Sarah Arevalo, a fifth grader at Greenwich Catholic also had the winning feeling, "We did our best -- better than at Colonials."
The Beginner 2 line of 14 skaters ranging in age from 7-12, has had a great season with medals at each of the three competitions: Gold at CT Classic, Silver at Stamford's Terry Conners Open, and Pewter at Colonial Classic Open in Massachusetts.
The Shimmers, a Pre-Juvenile line, faced stiff competition all season and worked hard to earn their second Silver medal. In addition to learning a choreographed routine and practicing complicated footwork, positive teamwork is the key to any successful team. Sometimes this comes easily to a line and sometimes it requires more work.
Madeline Ciampa, a resident of White Plains and sixth grader at Eastview Middle School echoed a similar sentiment, "We could have worked together better during the early season, but we got through it and did our best."
Kelly Fox, a seventh grader at Rogers International School in Stamford, added, "As long as we have fun, get along, and try our best, it doesn't matter if we win a Gold because we've already won so much."
The Shadows, an Open Juvenile line, seemed to enjoy themselves as they skated an uncontested exposition performance.
"Even though it was an exposition, we still prepared the same way and gave the judges and crowd a great performance," said Emilly Hernandez, an 11th grader at AITE in Stamford. Natalie Presantez, a ninth grader at Stamford High School and who has been with the SCSS team for seven years, reflected on the Shadows' season, "This was a great season for the Shadows. We felt more like a family this year and were very connected this season."
Earlier in the season, the Shadows won Gold at the Colonial Classic Open, a Bronze at the Terry Conners Open, and bested 29 teams for an impressive Bronze win at the recent Eastern Synchronized Sectional Championships at Lake Placid.
"Today was the greatest way to end a super season. Each line worked hard all season and I've very proud of how our team performed," Head Coach, Gina Valenzano-Gomez said.
Although the competitive season ends, there are still a few events left for the team: The SCSS Open House is scheduled for February 20 at 4:00PM at Terry Conners Rink, Stamford. This is one of the best opportunities to welcome new skaters and get a glimpse into what it would be like to be part of the SCSS team. The SCSS & SCSC Skating Exhibition at Terry Conners will be held on Sunday, Mar. 8 from 2-3:30PM. All teams will perform their medal winning performances. Finally, the SCSS Tryouts for the 2015-16 season will be in April 20-May 1st. Please check website http://www.terryconnerssynchro.org and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SCSyncoSkating links for dates and more information.
The SCSS team consists of 40 skaters residing in Fairfield County communities: Stamford, Greenwich, Westport, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk; and White Plains, NY.