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Dazzlers impress with out-of-this-world program


by JOSH ELLIS Te Dazzlers tweeted the


hashtag #invadetheworld for weeks leading up to the 2014 U.S. Syn- chronized Skating Championships. Arriving at the competition in style, in a white stretch Hum- mer limousine, the team from the DuPage FSC in Downers Grove, Ill., was just that — dazzling — en route to its first-ever U.S. title. Te Dazzlers pushed 60 points to sepa- rate themselves from a packed field of teams. Te X factor for the team may have been how prepared they were for the Colorado altitude. “I think what helped us the most was our interval training,” team captain Alyssa Pressley said. “A lot of the girls have never skated at altitude, so it helped us be phys- ically fit to perform here.” After their performance, the


scores were read, and team mem- bers could hardly contain their ex- citement. “It was electric!” coach Col-


leen Goldenberg said, together with coaches Debbie Buirge and Meg Plummer. “Tat was absolute- ly the best skate of their season.” Fourth-place finishers at the


2014 Midwestern Sectional Cham- pionships, a mere four points from not qualifying for the U.S. Cham- pionships, the team got to work


and it paid off. “It was hard work and ded-


ication,” Goldenberg said. “Tey came in for extra ice time on their own and really put their all into it.” Skating to what they called a


“Fembot from Outer Space” pro- gram, three musical selections were spliced into one program which also featured sound effects that ac- companied the out-of-this-world skate.


Wearing metallic blue cos-


tumes, the Dazzlers earned the second-best components score, but it was with their well-executed ele- ments that put them over the top. Teir final element, a Level 3 line, was the team’s best, as it received 5.60 points. Te Star Mates, seventh last


year, rebounded nicely to claim the silver medal. Te team from the Hayden Recreation Center in Lex- ington, Mass., skated to a medley of songs from Motown:Te Musical. “It felt absolutely amazing,” team member Courtney Rice said. “We skated the best that we could and left it all out on the ice. I am so proud of this team and how far we have come this season.” In elegant purple dresses, the


Star Mates earned the best score of the event for their components.


“It was the biggest relief,”


second-year Star Mate Jen Volck- er said. “When I got on the ice, I wasn’t thinking of placement; we just wanted to skate our best and it really paid off.” Te Ice Diamonds of the


Mentor FSC in Cleveland garnered the bronze medal. Skating last in the 12-team field, the team, dressed in black and gold, performed to music from Te Great Gatsby. Te performance was centered around Alex DiCola, the lone male on the team, who served as Gatsby, as he and his teammates reenacted the famed party scene. “Our goal was to go out there


and have a good time, and they did just that,” coach Debi Gamber said. Te bronze medal is the icing on the cake.” Receiving


throughout their skate, their top element was a Level 3 line worth 5.20 points. Team Delaware collected the


pewter medal. GOLD


Dazzlers, 59.21


SILVER


Star Mates, 55.70


BRONZE


Ice Diamonds, 52.87


PEWTER positive GOEs


Team Delaware, 52.50


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intermediate JAY ADEFF/U.S. FIGURE SKATING


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