Synchronized skating is a team sport in which 8-20 skaters perform a program together. It is characterized by teamwork, speed, intricate formations and challenging step sequences. Teams can compete at 14 different levels. Synchronized skating is a great way for figure skaters to compete in a sport they love while enjoying all of the aspects of working with others in a team-oriented sport.
Cleveland currently sports sixteen (16) teams at three area rinks.
Mentor Ice Arena
- Ice Diamonds
The Ice Diamonds Synchronized Skating Teams have represented the Mentor FSC since 1998, fielding multiple teams in both the qualifying and non-qualifying tracts. Most recently, the Intermediate team placed 3rd at the USFS Synchronized Skating Nationals held in Colorado Springs in February 2014.
Under the direction of Debi Gamber, the Ice Diamonds will field four teams this coming season: Intermediate, Open Juvenile, Pre-Juvenile, and Beginner, along with the Goldenettes Adult team.
For more information on synchronized skating or the Ice Diamonds, contact Sue Clemente at firstname.lastname@example.org or (216) 978-5072.
The Mentor Ice Diamond Intermediate team placed 2nd at Sectionals and will be competing at Nationals in Providence, Rhode Island Feb. 26-28, 2015 along with the Adult team, the Goldenettes. Team members include:
Kaitlyn Allman, Olmsted Falls
Meghan Allman, Olmsted Falls
Sarah Auer, Westlake
Martina Blazevic, Rocky River
Carmie Cameratta, Walton Hills
Emily Clemente, Mentor
Alexander DiCola, Mentor
Madeline Franz, Willoughby
Morgan Hapner, Brook Park
Suzana Kostic, Mentor
Madeline Shade, Moreland Hills
Sophie Wetzig, Willoughby
Katie Pastor, Concord Twp.
Sarah Marek, Shaker Heights
The Goldenettes formed in 2011 as an Open Adult team. In 2012 they moved into the Adult division. They have competed at the U.S. Synchronized Nationals championships placing 7th (2012), 9th (2013) & 6th (2014). For the 2014-2015 season, the Goldenettes have joined the Mentor FSC and the Ice Diamonds.
The Goldenettes is a team of 12-20 adult skaters, ages 19 to 39 from the northeast Ohio area. Many of its skaters formerly skated at the Garfield Heights FSC.
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Last season, Strongsville had a learn to skate teams (8 skaters) and an open Juv team (14 skaters). The teams competed in the Strongsville, Kent and Mentor competitions. In addition, they performed exhibitions at Akron’s Lock 3 ceremonies, a Lake Erie Monster’s game at the Q Arena, and at Wade Oval in Cleveland.
This summer head coach Kimberly Gordon is offering two open synchro clinics each week on Wednesday evening:
- 5:20pm to 6:50pm for skaters who have a higher level of skills and
- 8:10pm to 9:10pm for the LTS or just beginning synchro skaters
Try-outs for the upper level teams are set for early August and teams should be chosen by the mid-part of the month. The teams will compete in several competitions around Ohio and the region this season. They hope to have at least two teams with the ultimate goal being to have three teams: LTS team, a mid –level and potentially, another open juv or intermediate level team.
Information about our synchro program can be gathered from the Strongsville Club website at http://www.strongsvilleskatingclub.com/Gallery.html or by calling Craig Moses at (330) 466-4918 or Kimberly Gordon at (330) 635-0913.