Synchronized skating coaches pushing the edge in creativity
May 22, 2019 | Lynchburg, Va.
Liberty University's synchronized skating team saved its best performance of the year for last, at the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Plymouth, Mich., in early March, and the Lady Flames look forward to building on that 10th-place national finish in the 2019-20 season.
"This year we competed our second year at nationals and we beat our personal best of the season by about three points, so it was really good to end on a high note and really peak at that right time for nationals," Liberty Assistant Coach Emily Halvorson said.
Lady Flames senior Savannah Toone said the experience helped take the team to the next level.
"Putting ourselves out there and watching other teams, it helps us improve and it just shows that we have so much more potential," she said. "We really grew this year and did our best."
Liberty Head Coach Tatiana Payne is excited for next season, with the team only graduating two seniors. She is actively growing the program with a number of incoming skating recruits.
"We have a super fun program planned for next year," Payne said. "Emily and I are going to the drawing board and really starting to work on the choreography and the framework for the program. It's a really fun part of the season for us. We really enjoy getting to be creative. In the past two seasons, we have (had) more serious, more intense themes. This upcoming year, we are going to be doing something really fun and just surprising, something really different."
Halvorson said the program will incorporate different music and elements than it has had in the past.
"It's going to have a little bit more of a hip-hop edge, so that will push our girls to try something new and also push ourselves with choreography and we think that we're keeping it fresh and stepping out of the box," she said.