Synchronized skaters renew bonds with alumnae, set sights on upcoming season
Liberty University’s synchronized skating team welcomed alumni members of the squad back to Lynchburg over Homecoming Weekend last Saturday at the LaHaye Ice Center, where they served a bruncheon before a few of the former skaters participated in the parade down University Boulevard with this year’s group. Each alumna that attended the event received a synchronized skating shirt with Liberty’s logo.
“Our alumni are our biggest support group when we go to competitions,” said Lady Flames first-year Head Coach Hannah Pulley (’21), who is assisted by fellow Liberty alumna Haley Gram (’20). “We love to see familiar faces at (away) competitions.”
The Lady Flames will make their competitive debut in the Collegiate Open division when they travel to the Terry Conners Open in Stamford, Conn., on Dec. 2-3. That will set the stage for the Jan. 20-21 Eastern Sectional competition and Feb. 19-20 Reflections Synchronized Skating Competition in the spring semester.
“I just am really excited to start a new chapter of Liberty Synchro, just starting from a base and practicing new skills that they haven’t been able to do in previous seasons and building up from there,” Pulley said.
“We have a lot of freshmen this year,” senior Alecia Bernau added. “There’s a lot of potential for growth in our team, and I’m really excited about that.”
On Nov. 5, the Lady Flames will debut their new program, entitled “Warrior,” at the Flames’ ACHA Division I men’s hockey game against Stony Brook at the LIC.
“That’s always my favorite performance because it’s super energizing,” senior Hailey Jordan said. “There’s a big crowd and everyone is just super involved in watching our program and we get to show it off for the first time, so it’s super cool to showcase everything we’ve been working on for the season.”
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