Terry Connors to host Synchronized Skating Open Dec. 7

The precision, teamwork, and pageantry of synchronized skating will be on full display at the 2014 Terry Conners Synchronized Skating Open, co-hosted by Skating Club of Southern Connecticut (SCSC) and Southern Connecticut Synchronized Skating (SCSS).

Members of the SCSS Shimmers pose for a team photo. From front row from left is Natalie Hernandez, Nevada Rivera, Deanna Gladstone, Chloe Gerace, Athena Hartigan, Rachel Iannazzo and Isabella Osinovsky. In the back row from left is Vanessa Wynter, Isabela Malone, Kelly Fox, Olivia Linnartz, Julia Brown, Kara McLaughlin, Alyssa Fish and Madeline Ciampa.

Members of the SCSS Shimmers pose for a team photo. From front row from left is Natalie Hernandez, Nevada Rivera, Deanna Gladstone, Chloe
Gerace, Athena Hartigan, Rachel Iannazzo and Isabella Osinovsky. In the back row from left is Vanessa Wynter,
Isabela Malone, Kelly Fox, Olivia Linnartz, Julia Brown, Kara McLaughlin, Alyssa Fish and Madeline Ciampa.

The event will take place Dec. 6 and 7 at the Terry Conners Rink in Stamford and is expected to draw more than 880 skaters, their families, coaches, officials and fans from the tri-state area and around the Eastern Seaboard – Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Starting Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., spectators will be able to watch 67 teams compete at the Beginner I, II, and III levels, as well as the Preliminary, Pre-Juvenile, Juvenile, Open Juvenile, Intermediate, Open Adult and Open Masters levels.

The host team, Southern CT Synchronized Skating, skates three lines. The Shadows will skate in the Open Juvenile division, the Shimmers will skate in the Pre-Juvenile level and the Sprites compete at the Beginner 2 level.

This year’s SCSS team is comprised of a total of 40 skaters from Stamford, Greenwich, Westport, Darien, Norwalk, New Canaan, and White Plains, N.Y.

This year’s Terry Conners Open has a record number of teams.

“By all accounts, synchronized skating is gaining in popularity,” said SCSSPO event organizer and co-chair Cathy Kolbasiuk. “In 2013, there were 55 teams, with a total of 786 skaters. This year we’ll have approximately 880 skaters. The increased participation at the lower levels also shows that the sport continues to attract new and young skaters.”

According to USFSA, it is one of the fastest-growing ice sports in the world. Currently, 22 countries and five continents compete at a global level. The first U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships was in 1984, the World Cup event in 1996, and the first World Synchronized Skating Championships in 2000. There is growing momentum to add synchronized skating in time for the 2018 Olympic Games.

Each leveled team consists of eight to 20 skaters who perform a program together. Each program is judged on required elements, speed, challenging step sequences, and precision, as well as for style and artistic expression.

“This competition is really important to synchronized skaters as it is only one of two competitions in the tri-state area,” said SCSSPO event organizer co-chair Maria Brea. “It draws 17 nationally ranked competition judges from the New York metropolitan area, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Upstate New York.”

Only cash is accepted at the door. Daily event admission tickets can be purchased at the door for $10 for adults, $5 for children under 12 and senior citizens. For more questions, contact [email protected]

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