Thursday, January 19, 2012

December With the Skyliners

December is one of the best and busiest times of the year. With two back-to-back competitions, a show, our winter boot camp and the usual holiday stress, things can get pretty crazy.

To start off the month, Skyliners Intermediate, Novice, Junior and Senior lines traveled to the Dr. Richard Porter Classic in Dearborn, Michigan. It was a great competition! We arrived late Friday night and left Sunday after competition. We woke up around 6am on Saturday and had our official practice. This was the first time we wore our new official practice dresses, which we were all very excited about. They looked great! Official went well and we were excited for the night ahead. Before it was our time to compete, we got to watch our Intermediate line skate an amazing swing themed program. They took our breath away! A few hours later it was finally time to load the bus for competition. We played our usual bus songs to get us ready to compete. We arrived at the rink and did some more floor, went to the locker rooms, and then it was finally time to take the ice for our energetic “The Edge of Glory” short program. There was a slight hitch at the beginning of our short program, but we quickly picked it up and completed a great program. We exited the ice and were extremely happy with our scores, and we ended up in first after the short program! After we competed we stayed to watch our Senior line compete. It was an amazing debut performance for the Skyliners Senior team, to their “Mad Hatter” music.

Sunday, once again, we woke up early for our long official practice, which went very well. During our hair and makeup, both the Senior and Junior lines gathered around the computer to watch our Novice line on the live feed of the competition skate a great program to their “42nd street” themed program. While waiting to compete our long program later that day we got to spend a few minutes with former teammates, on collegiate, junior and senior teams. It was great to see them all once again! We skated a great long program and were ecstatic to be in first place overall! It was an amazing competition for all the Skyliner lines.

Next up was the Cape Cod Classic in Borne Massachusetts. This time the Pre-preliminary, Preliminary, Pre-Juvenile, Juvenile, Intermediate, Novice and Junior lines all attended the competition. Each team performed very well, and it was another great weekend for the Skyliners. Cape Cod is one of my favorite competitions, as it is one I’ve been attending since I began skating synchro in 2001. We competed against the Lexettes and Synchroettes who both had beautiful programs. We finished first in both the long and short programs and were very happy.

The next weekend, we found ourselves back in NY, performing at the Chelsea Piers rink for the annual “Holiday on the Hudson” show. It was nice to get our program out there once again without the pressure of competition, and a great way to start off the holidays!

Right after we had digested our holiday feasts, we started our annual holiday boot camp. For four days, we meet at the rink for six hours of on ice and off ice training. It is always a lot of work, but is one of my favorite times of year as it always brings our team closer together as we get ready for the Junior World Qualifier.

Sennett C.

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