Monday, December 7, 2009

Porter 2009

After a rough performance at the Dr. Richard Porter Synchronized Classic in Ann Arbor, the team has returned home for the holidays.

Leaving Athens at 8am, we arrived in Ann Arbor Saturday afternoon with enough time to grab lunch and take a nap at the hotel  before heading to the Ann Arbor Ice Cube for practice ice.  We practiced and competed on the Olympic surface at the cube, considerably larger than our come rink, Bird Arena.  Despite the unfamiliar rink size, our practice ice went extremely well with two clean skates of the program.  Mark White was kind enough to record our practice, which we were then able to watch in the hotel.  We went to bed feeling confident from our successful practice. 

We woke up bright and early at 6am to eat breakfast and get dressed for competition.  When we arrived at the Cube we were able to watch some of the Senior teams practice ice before starting off-ice warm ups of our own.  As we headed to our locker room we were surprised to find it directly connected to the competition rink which made us unable to complete many of our loud pre-skate traditions.

Our program wasn't without flaws but also had a lot of great moments.  Our block pass through, pyramid formation, disconnected circle, and traveling circle all went well.  As anticipated, the field of competitors was incredibly tough and our flaws put us at a disadvantage.

In the final results, we finished 11th out of the 13 teams present.  The Open Collegiate division is still a 6.0 event (not an IJS event such as the Olympics or Senior Synchronized Skating Division), meaning that the judges rank each team from first to last.  Our ordinals were 9 6 11 12 11, a six place difference from highest to lowest.  These ordinals show a great difference in opinion between the five judges regarding our performance.

We are now on hiatus for the holidays and will return to the ice in January to prepare for our last two competitions of the season.

Thank you to all our friends and family who came to support us this weekend!  Having you in the stands cheering us on means so much to us.


Friday, December 4, 2009

Preschool and Porter

This morning we were thrilled to welcome the Ohio University Child Development Center Preschool Room 213 to Bird Arena!  The class of 14 three year-old children came to the rink for a fun morning of skating with the team.  The teachers asked us to perform and show the children what is possible on the ice, so we kicked off the field trip by performing our program.  We got off the ice and helped the children put on their skates.  Many of the children had never skated before but all were eager to learn with our help.  After about 40 minutes of skating the kids began to get exhausted, so Caitlin got off the ice and pulled out the Olympia for the children to see and take a class picture.  A lot of the children have seen the Olympia at hockey games and were excited to touch the machine,  spin the wheel and especially to honk the horn.

Sharing our passion with such young children was a great experience.  Their enthusiasm and joy was contagious and was an uplifting event to launch us into our competition weekend. We will share pictures when they become avaliable.

After nine hours of practice, a birthday celebration, team gift exchange and multiple team dinners this week, we leave for Porter tomorrow morning!  The time we've spent together this past week has brought us closer than ever before and those bonds are reflected as our program continues to improve.  We are anticipating a lot of strong performances in our division but know that if we skate to the best of our abilities we can take a lot of people by surprise. 

Wish us luck!

(KB)

Friday, November 27, 2009

Fall Quarter Recap

For the first time since it's creation OUSST is thrilled to have a full roster of 16 skaters!

Welcome to our rookies,
- Brittany Claytor
- Katie Chicotel
- Parker DeWeese
- Shannon Gebler
- Morgan Naugle

On October 24th we hosted Skate for the Cure at Bird Arena, a breast cancer awareness event. Decked out in pink staff shirts we worked as skate guards, sold t-shirts, handed out rental skates, and collected admissions. Our efforts raised $395.oo for Breast Cancer Research which will be donated to an organization yet to be determined.

As OU Hockey took on Western Michigan on November 7th, we took to the ice between periods to debut our new program. Skating to the soundtrack from Slumdog Millionaire, we were thrilled to have a clean skate so early in the season. The enthusiastic response from the fans helped propel us into weeks of hard work to prepare for competition.

The Mountian State Synchro Skate on November 21st in South Charleston, WV was our first competition of the year--and our first win! The victory was especially sweet for team member Annie White, who grew up skating in South Charleston. Our president and coach were able to attend a critique with a judging panel for feedback. We will be taking their comments into consideration as we prepare for our next competition.

Since Ohio University is on quarters, classes are out until 2010. Despite our month off school we will all be returning to Athens on December 1st to prepare for the Dr. Richard Porter Synchronized Classic. With 170 teams competing, 13 teams in the Open Collegiate division, it will be by far the largest competition OUSST has attended in our short history. We will take the ice December 6th, so wish us luck!

That's all for fall quarter! We've had a lot of success in the past few months and are looking forward to seeing was 2010 holds!



(KB)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Work Out Planning

The Fall 2009 Ping fitness classes are up and we are hoping to attend some classes together if our schedules permit. It is always easier to find motivation when you go with friends, so here are a few possibilities:

Monday: CORE 7:40-8:1pm
Tuesday: Zumba 8:30-9:30pm
Wednesday: CORE 12:10-12:55pm
Thursday: Zumba 8:30-9:30pm
Friday: CORE 2:10-2:40pm
Sunday: Zumba 5:15-6:15pm

Everyone on the team should strive to workout at least 3 times a week. It can be difficult with class schedules but everyone need to take the initiative!
Please email your availability and other workout suggestions to ousynchronizedskating@gmail.com
CAN'T WAIT TO GET BACK ON THE ICE!
-AW

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Welcome!

Welcome to the new web page for the Ohio University Synchronized Skating Team!

After a great season first season, we are looking forward to getting on the ice again in less than a month. All 11 members of last years team will be returning, but we are always looking to add more members!

Contact us at ousynchronizedskating@gmail.com for information about joining the team.

Check out our videos to watch previous performances, our photo account for pictures of us on and off the ice, and our calendar to see what we have planned!

(KB)