Synchronized skaters earn silver medals at Cape Cod Classic
December 10, 2017 | Cape Cod, Mass.
Liberty University's synchronized skating team debuted its "Royal" themed Collegiate Division program at Saturday's and Sunday's 23rd annual Cape Cod Classic in Massachusetts and captured silver medals for their second-place performance.
"I'm very proud of how the ladies skated this weekend," Liberty Head Coach Tatiana Payne said. "All their hard work and focus came together at the right moment and they were able to put out a program that we were all proud of."
The Lady Flames recorded a total score of 45.13 in the International Judging System judging to finish 5.2 points behind the first-place team from Boston University, which they will again compete against at the Eastern Sectional Synchronized Skating Championships set for Jan. 19-20 in Fort Myers, Fla.
"They skated with confidence and performed an overall clean program," Liberty Assistant Coach Emily Halvorson said of the Lady Flames. "Over the course of the semester, the team has really come together and built a strong unity with one another. Moving forward, the team has room for improvement after their first competition, but we laid a great foundation going into sectionals."
Liberty finished two points ahead of Massachusetts in the three-team competition and is hopeful it will overtake Boston in next month's Eastern Sectional event.
"We really believe that we will be able to elevate our program to a point where we are able to better both teams that we faced this weekend," Payne said. "The team is really focused and the skaters are feeling very confident in their abilities and have the hunger to push themselves even harder to exceed their score for this competition at Sectionals. With the motivation we've been seeing at practices, I believe that they will achieve it."
This Friday at 7:30 p.m., the synchronized skating team will perform its new program and members of Liberty's figure skating team will skate individual and group choreographed routines in the "PraiseFest: Christmas edition" at the LaHaye Ice Center. Admission is free for Liberty residential students with a Flames pass and general admission tickets are $6.