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Stamford Skaters Help Team Win Medals At Massachusetts Competition

Sprites skate during their gold-medal winning performance for the Southern Connecticut Skating Team at a competition last week in Massachusetts. Photo Credit: Contributed
Shimmers, a Pre-Juvenile line of 13 skaters, took a silver medal. Photo Credit: Contributed
Shadows, an Open Juvenile line, also took second. Photo Credit: Contributed
Sprites won gold. See story for photo IDs. Photo Credit: Contributed
Shadows finished second. See story for team IDs. Photo Credit: Contributed
Shimmers finished second. See story for photo IDs. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. – The Southern Connecticut Skating team (SCSS) won a gold and two silver medals at the Colonial Classic Open last weekend at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Mass.

The three-day event hosted 141 Northeastern U.S. teams that competed across every division from Basic Skills 1 to Senior. Each program is judged on required elements, speed, challenging step sequences, and precision, as well as for style and artistic expression.

The Sprites, the SCSS team’s Basic Skills 2 line, won their second gold medal this season. In yellow dresses, the Sprites performed to the soul classic, “Build Me Up Buttercup.” 

“There was a moment when our circle was broken, but we didn’t let it effect the rest of our program,'' said Nevaeh Mills, a Sprites skater and freshman at Westhill High School. "We kept going with the same upbeat attitude and near perfection to win gold.”

The Shimmers, a Pre-Juvenile line of 13 skaters, won silver with their performance in a grouping of eight teams.

“The only way you can win is to be confident in yourself and do your best,'' said Chloe Gerace, 9, a Stamford resident and the youngest skater on the Shimmers line.

The Shadows, an Open Juvenile line, skated on Friday night and won 2nd place in a grouping of eight teams.

Amanda Brea, one of the line’s 14 skaters and a Junior at Greenwich High School said, “There’s nothing more magical than stepping off the ice, knowing you gave it your best, and worked together with people you love. We are thrilled with what we accomplished together this weekend, and we are confident facing our next biggest challenge at the Eastern Regionals."

The SCSS Shadows and Shimmers lines compete next at the Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships, Jan. 28-30 in Richmond, Va.

The SCSS team consists of 44 skaters residing in Fairfield County communities: Stamford, Greenwich, Westport, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk; and White Plains, N.Y.

More information about the team is on Facebook and its website.

Sprites team picture: Back Row, L to R: Paola Gonzalez, Adeline Hawley, Jennie Olmsted, Navaeh Mills, Rebecca Middlen, Caroline Ellis, Daniela Castagna, Emily Seligson. Middle Row, L to R: Sofia Gonzalez, Talia Klein, Sabrina Paris, Sarah Boside; Front Row, L to R: Jahnavi Orr, Sydni Foster, Anna Livitz, Olivia Osinovsky. Not shown: Nicole Salanty

Shadows Team picture: Back Row, L to R: Michelle Han, Vanessa Wynter, Natalie Pesantez, Klara Hoherchak, Emily Merole, Amanda Brea, Kelly Fox; Middle Row, L to R: Stephanie Tanc, Manvi Malhotra, Sami Scordo, Deanna Gladstone, Kara McLaughlin; Front Row, L to R: Danielle Nugent, Emilly Hernandez.

Shimmers Team picture: Back Row, L to R: Madeline Ciampa, Alyssa Fish, Natalie Hernandez, Olivia Linnartz, Rachel Iannazzo, Athena Hartigan, Nevada Rivera; Front Row, L to R: Isabella Osinovsky, Caitlyn Foster, Samantha Paris, Chloe Gerace, Sarah Arevalo, Charlotte Carter

SCSS coaches are Gina Valenzano-Gomez, Head Coach; Val Legutko, Assistant Coach; and Kari Pace, Assistant Coach.

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