Synchronized skaters tops in Eastern region

Synchronized SkatersOswego State’s synchronized skating team, the Ice Effects, recently took first place in a major regional competition in Richmond, Va.

The 2008 Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships, Jan. 24 to 26, attracts top college talent from across the eastern U.S., said Marie Shuman, who coaches the team along with Melissa Manwaring. In the competitive Open Collegiate division, Oswego placed first of 12 teams, including Robert Morris University (second place) and Princeton University (third).

U.S. figure skating’s governing body divides the country into three regions—Eastern, Midwestern and Pacific Coast—and the top three in many categories advance into national competition. “The Open Collegiate division doesn’t advance to the National Championships,” Shuman said. “Therefore, this is the highest achievement our team could accomplish this year. We are hoping to enter the full Collegiate division in the next couple of years.”

Members of the team include SUNY Oswego students Amanda Anderson, Lindsay Brown, Mary Kate Dehm, Kristen Daubenbis, Hillary Erchick, Ashley Galinski, Renelle Garlach, Rachel Gottlieb, Chelsey Hammond, Christine Hernandez, Kelly Labella, Elizabeth Lerner, Andrea Ritter, Amanda Servadio, Alexandra Trust and Jessica Zalesny.

The team is one of nearly 150 student clubs funded by SUNY Oswego’s Student Association.

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(Posted: Jan 30, 2008)