SCSS Shadows win bronze at Eastern Synchronized Skating finals

Members of the SCSS Shadows pose for a team photo. From left to right in the front row is Stephanie Tancs, Sami Scordo, Danielle Nugent and Brooke Ferris. In the back row from left is assistant coach Kari Pace, Klara Hoherchak, Amanda Brea, Michelle Han, Kalaudia Auz, Emilly Hernandez, Emily Merole, Natalie Pesantez, head coach Gina Valenzano-Gomez and assistant coach Val Legutko.

Members of the SCSS Shadows pose for a team photo. From left to right in the front row is Stephanie Tancs, Sami Scordo, Danielle Nugent and Brooke Ferris. In the back row from left is assistant coach Kari Pace, Klara Hoherchak, Amanda Brea, Michelle Han, Kalaudia Auz, Emilly Hernandez, Emily Merole, Natalie Pesantez, head coach Gina Valenzano-Gomez and assistant coach Val Legutko.

The Shadows of the Southern Connecticut Synchronized Skating team accepted their bronze medal at the Olympic Oval Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y.

The team was one of 29 Open Juvenile teams that compete in the Eastern Synchronized Sectional Championships this year.

The Shadows performed their 2:40 minute to Why Don’t You Do Right? by Sinead O’Connor. With a flight of 13 teams, D.C. Edge from Washington D.C. won first place, while CNY Blizzard Green from Pittsburgh won silver.

After the Shadows took third, the Nor’easters from the North Atlantic Figure Skating Club won fourth.

“It is a big deal for us to be No. 3 on the entire East Coast, said Shadow skater Emily Merole, a Stamford resident and student at Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford.

Teams came from the entire East Coast of the United States, from Maine to Florida, and from the Ohio border east.

The Shimmers skated on Thursday and placed fifth of 21 Pre-Juvenile teams in the qualifying round. On Saturday, they faced stiff competition and finished seventh out of 12 in the final round.

“I could not be any prouder of both our teams,” said head coachGina Valenzano-Gomez. “Each team skated beautifully to qualify for the championship round in their respective divisions and then went on to better their performances in their final events. It was a pleasure to watch them skate. They did everything that we set out to do. It was a great weekend for SCSS.”

The 2015 Eastern Synchronized Sectional Championships, sanctioned by U.S. Figure Skating, are the qualifying events leading to the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships. The Open Juvenile level, such as the Shadows, is considered a non-qualifying line and is one of six levels that competes only at the sectional championships level. There are eight other levels that advance to the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships.

Thus far, it has been a successful year for the Shadows with a Gold medal at the Colonial Classic in Lowell, MA; a Silver at the Terry Connors Open in Stamford, CT; and now a Bronze medal at this Eastern Sectional Championship. The team competes next month at the Connecticut Synchronized Skating Classic in Hamden, CT.

The SCSS team consists of 40 skaters residing in Fairfield County communities like Stamford, Greenwich, Westport, Darien, New Canaan, Norwalk, as well as in White Plains, NY.

The club will host tryouts for the 2015-16 SCSS team in March. Visit Terryconnersynchro.org.

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