Alton sophomore Abbie Brown
Alton High School’s Abbie Brown will represent the River Bend at the 2014 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Colorado Springs Feb. 25 to March 2.
Brown competes with the Saint Louis Synergy’s Junior and Novice skating teams, with the junior team coming off a strong showing at the Mozart Cup in Salzburg, Austria, where they represented the United States in an international competition.
The Saint Louis Synergy will be sending three teams to Nationals. In addition to the junior team, the Synergy Novice and Juvenile teams will be competing in Colorado Springs. The Novice and Juvenile teams earned a spot at nationals by winning pewter medals at the Midwestern Sectional Championships, while the junior team automatically advanced to Nationals after their showing in Austria.
This is the second straight year that all three teams have qualified for the Synchronized Skating Championships.
"The strengths of the Junior team are passion, dedication and team work,” said Ramona Peterson, Director of Skating Development and Head Coach for the Saint Louis Synergy Junior Team. "Many of the skaters on this team were also on the very first Synergy Team to qualify for Nationals (as a Juvenile team). I think this speaks volumes on the quality of the Synergy program and how our skaters are developing."
Metro Edge Figure Skating Club started its synchronized skating program with only 16 skaters in 1996. Since its inception, the program has grown to seven teams with more than 100 skaters. All the teams participate in either ISI (Ice Skating Institute) or U.S. Figure Skating (USFS) venues.
“The performance of our athletes shows that hard work pays off. We are very proud of how well our skaters performed at sectionals and the opportunity that they have earned to compete in Colorado Springs,” said Karen Giedeman, Director of Synchronized Skating and Head Coach of the Saint Louis Synergy Novice team.