The 2015 Midwest & Pacific Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships, were indeed a memorable experience for Chicago Skates.
On Wednesday before the competition, all of the excitement of the weekend was ahead of us – but we all knew that we were going to experience it all together, with the largest Chicago Skates force that we’ve ever brought to Sectionals. Three Chicago Skates teams competed in the 2015 Midwestern Sectionals, and it made us feel tied together as a family. We all supported and cheered for each other and reversely were encouraged to hear our teammates cheers while we were on the ice!
It might have been all that cheering that lead to some of the best skating we’ve seen out of our skaters all season long! All throughout the weekend coaches and parents were crying and cheering, and we received some of the sweetest compliments from other spectators in the stands.
Jr. Open Juvenile skated their absolute best of the entire season, and while they didn’t quite make final round, they and their coaches were so extremely proud of their skate. As a team, they reminisced a lot over the weekend. Remembering their early practices in the summer with their new coaches, and acknowledging just how amazingly far they have come this season, by working together and supporting each other. We are so proud of this team as a whole, and can’t wait to see what these skaters will be able to do in the future!
Pre-Juvenile had a record setting weekend, that claimed the first ever Sectional Medal for our Pre-Juvenile team! Their plan this year was to skate extremely clean, polished programs with speed and grace, and it definitely showed! Their skate in the Qualifying Round brought their parents and coaches to tears! The skaters on Open Juv and Jr Open Juv couldn’t have cheered any louder! It was a flawless program, and everyone said they couldn’t have skated it better. But the sneaky tricksters DID! They took the ice for the Find Round competition and skated it even better! Earning them a Pewter Medal out of 28 teams. Their excitement and happiness while standing on the medal podium couldn’t have been greater! We wish them so many congratulations! They definitely earned it a “Kiss The Ice” photo*!
* “Kiss The Ice Photos” are a tradition in Synchronized Skating, where you kiss the ice that you earned your medal on. Its a way of thanking and ice and skating “gods” for the wonderful skate.
Open Juvenile, like their sister teams had 2 of the best skates of their entire season. The skaters on the team have strived all season long to strengthen their individual skills, posture, control and extension, and it definitely showed. Their initial skate earned them a 1st place placement, assuring them a spot in the Final Round. When their place was announced, the cheering section went WILD and one of their coaches broke down into tears! Their skate in the Final Round seemed more nervous – the skaters had a title to defend! They skated beautifully, and it earned them Open Juvenile’s first ever Silver Medal at the Sectional Championships.
Overall Chicago Skates had our strongest showing EVER, at this season’s Midwestern Sectionals. We can’t thank the parents enough who have given so much so their skaters could experience this, and thank you again and again to our skaters who push themselves each day to become better skaters and teammates.