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Synchronized skaters traveling to Boston for first competition

November 13, 2019  |  Lynchburg, Va. 

Liberty's synchronized skating team performs at intermission of the Flames' DI men's hockey game against Syracuse on Oct. 19 at the LaHaye Ice Center. (Photos by Ted Allen) test test test test
Liberty's synchronized skating team performs at intermission of the Flames' DI men's hockey game against Syracuse on Oct. 19 at the LaHaye Ice Center. (Photos by Ted Allen)

The 12 members of Liberty University's synchronized skating team will showcase their 2019-20 program for the first time in competition at this Friday's and Saturday's Boston Synchronized Skating Classic at the New England Sports Center in Marlborough, Mass.

"We're excited to see how this program goes because we haven't been able to perform it in front of any judges or officials," Lady Flames Head Coach Tatiana Payne said. "We can see what we have to look forward to (as far as competition goes) this season and areas we need to improve."

Liberty will be one of four teams skating in the Collegiate Division, along with host Boston University and two combined teams called Mirror Images and Team Excel. All four will also compete at the Jan. 17-18 U.S. Figure Skating Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectionals in Albany, N.Y., along with Delaware and UMass. The top four teams at that competition will qualify for the Feb. 26-29 U.S. Collegiate Championships in Providence, R.I.

The three-and-a-half-minute program, called "En Memoria" and set to Andy Grammer's song, "Don't Give Up On Me," is dedicated to family and friends of team members and coaches who have passed away due to cancer and other illnesses, and others currently fighting those battles. Payne's close friends lost their son to stomach cancer this past summer.

"We are trying to honor those people in our lives who have left a lasting impact through their struggles," Payne said. "This year's program is a lot more technically difficult and has a totally different vibe than last year's," which was skated to a compilation of "Hunger Games" soundtracks.

"It is a hopeful, encouraging program about not giving up and pushing on," Payne added. "It has been very well supported by everyone on the team and has a very meaningful message."

Next weekend, the Lady Flames will travel to Michigan to compete in the Kalamazoo Kickoff against Adrian, Michigan, Michigan State, and Western Michigan.

"Attending these competitions will give us a good opportunity to see how we will fare with teams in the MIdwest as well as those in our Eastern Section," Payne said.

 

By Ted Allen/Staff Writer; Video by Olivia Becker/Club Sports Video Coordinator

Synchronized Skating Links
Schedule
Results
Nov 20, 8:00 AM - Kalamazoo, MI
Synchronized Skating at Kick-Off Classic Synchronized Skating Competition
DAYS
HOURS
MINS
SECS
Synchronized Skating
at Kick-Off Classic Synchronized Skating Competition
Nov 20, 8:00 AM - Kalamazoo, MI

Synchronized Skating
at Kick-Off Classic Synchronized Skating Competition
Nov 21, 8:00 AM - Kalamazoo, MI

Synchronized Skating
at Eastern Syncronized Skating Sectionals
Jan 29, 8:00 AM - AveNorthwood, MA

Synchronized Skating
at Eastern Syncronized Skating Sectionals
Jan 30, 8:00 AM - AveNorthwood, MA

Full Schedule

Feb 24
Synchronized Skating
at U.S Synchro Skating Championship
3rd Place Finish

Jan 18
Synchronized Skating
at 2020 USFS Eastern Synchro Skating Sectionals
5th Place - 52.4

Jan 17
Synchronized Skating
at 2020 USFS Eastern Synchro Skating Sectionals
5th Place - 52.4

Nov 23
Synchronized Skating
at Kalamazoo Kick-Off Synchro Skating Classic
4th place finish

Nov 22
Synchronized Skating
at Kalamazoo Kick-Off Synchro Skating Classic
4th place finish

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