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Ridgefield Girls Help Synchronized Skating Team Dominate Nationals

The Skyliners Novice Line won its first national title and included girls from Fairfield County.
The Skyliners Novice Line won its first national title and included girls from Fairfield County. Photo Credit: Contributed
The Skyliners Juvenile line won its fourth straight national title. Girls from Fairfield County were on the team.
The Skyliners Juvenile line won its fourth straight national title. Girls from Fairfield County were on the team. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- Girls from Fairfield County helped the Skyliners synchronized skating team win four gold medals and one bronze medal last week in the national championships in Rockford, Ill.

The Skyliners won titles in the Junior, Novice, Intermediate and Juvenile Divisions. The Senior Division team finished third.

"“This season has been truly exceptional, with all of our lines performing at the top of their game,” said Josh Babb, Skyliners Head Coach and Director of Synchronized Skating. “Earning four 2017 National titles and the Senior Bronze is a testament to how extremely hard working and determined our skaters and coaches have been.”

The Skyliners Novice team won its first national title. The Intermediate unit won its second straight title, and the Juvenile team won its fourth U.S. crown.

The gold-medal winning Junior linewill represent the United States at the World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships in Mississauga, Canada. That event begins on March 10.

RELATED: Stamford Girls Also Contribute To Skyliners Success

The Senior team, which won a goal medal representing Team USA at the Zagreb Snowflakes Trophy in Croatia, earned bronze in a highly competitive field. It’s their third straight bronze at Nationals.

Girls on the Skyliners from Fairfield County include:

Darien : Mae Archie (Juvenile); Clara Baurmeister (Intermediate); Maggie Brooks (Junior); Veda Malhotra (Juvenile) and Mia Sparks (Novice)

Easton : Alexandra Popescu (Intermediate)

Greenwich : Sherlynn Arcuri (Juvenile); Madison deBlasi (Junior); Katherine Elmlinger (Junior); Whitney Elmlinger (Junior) ; Lizzie Essaid (Novice); Nicole Huber (Intermediate); Kristen Lewis (Senior); Mary Ashley Mendik (Novice); Helena Seibert (Juvenile) and Melissa Woo (Novice)

New Canaan: Taylor DelCarmine (Juvenile); Priscilla Liao (Juvenile); Lucy Potter (Novice); Kat Root (Juvenile) and Nikka Staron (Intermediate)

Ridgefield : Catherine Babcock (Intermediate) and Liliana Betschart (Senior)

Southport : Katherine Burns (Senior) and Margaret Burns (Senior)

Weston : Arielle Belluck (Intermediate); Jillian Belluck (Novice) and Abigail Cohen (Juvenile);

Westport : Charlotte Carter (Juvenile); Cordelia Chen (Junior); Abigail Cohen (Juvenile) Sonya Danchak (Juvenile); Katherine Orlin (Junior) ; and Sarah Whittle (Intermediate)

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