Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The Promise of Ohio

Hello everyone! After a brief summer hiatus, we're back to blogging! We hope all our followers are having a great summer, and hopefully doing a little skating too.

Since the Princeton Review recently ranked Ohio University as the #1 party school, I thought it would be a good idea to discuss just how successful a student can be at our school - especially a skater.

One of our most successful team members, 2011 graduate Nicole Grams, was just featured on the Ohio University website as part of the 'Promise of Ohio' sequence. 


As a meteorology major, Nicole interned last summer at the National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida. She graduated this year, and will be starting her master's degree at Oklahoma University. 

This is just one success story of one of our team members. This shows that no matter where you go to school, your college experience is what you make of it, and you can be successful if you put your mind to it!

Congrats, Nicole!

-aw

Monday, May 23, 2011

2010-2011 Year Summary

The 2010-2011 season was OUSST’s best yet. The team skated to a “Weather”-themed program which included a compilation of Rosemary Clooney’s, ‘A Foggy Day in Londontown’, Gene Kelly’s, ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and the Glee version of Barbara Streisand’s ‘Don’t Rain on My Parade’.

We started our season off with a bang, placing third at the Dr. Richard Porter Synchronized Skating Classic in Ann Arbor, Michigan. After having a rough skate at this competition the previous season and placing in the bottom half of our group, this was a huge accomplishment.

Next, we competed at the Midwestern Synchronized Skating Championships in Rochester, Minnesota where we place second, and beat undefeated long-time rival Miami University. Second place was also a personal best for us at this competition, and it was also the biggest competition we partook in this season.

Our final competition of the season was the Tri-State Synchronized Skating Competition, at which we placed first! This is huge for us as we were able to place above the only team that beat us at Midwestern Sectionals (Notre Dame).

We also skated in between periods at hockey games throughout the season and hosted several philanthropic events. We held our second annual ‘Toepicks for Tatas’ event during which we held a Midnight Meltdown skating session open to the public during Sibs Weekend. All proceeds from the event were donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. We were also fortunate enough to host the children from the Child Development Center for the second year in a row. During this time during winter intersession the kids come for a field trip to the ice rink and members of the team teach them how to skate.

This season we have been the most successful we have ever been. We continue to be thankful for the support from Bird Arena and Club Sports and hope to be even more successful in the coming seasons. 

Friday, February 18, 2011

Toepicks for Tatas

OUSST will be hosting our annual event, Toepick's for Tata's tomorrow night at 9 p.m. at Bird Arena. This is an event (previously known as Skate for the Cure) that we have held annually.

This is a great event to bring your sibs to, as it IS Sibs Weekend at Ohio U!

Admission is $3.50 and skate rental is $3.00. There will be a DJ, disco lights, and a fog machine. The event runs until midnight!

We will also be selling "Toepicks for Tata's" T-Shirts at the event for $10.00!

Some photos from last years event:
Some of our team members after the event last year.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Midwesterns and Tri-States

The past two weeks have been incredibly busy for OUSST! We traveled to Rochester, MN for the Pacific Midtwestern Synchronized Skating Championships (also known as sectionals). We skated one of the best programs we have ever skated, and placed SECOND! This is the best we have ever done at Sectionals. Not only did we win a silver medal, but we also defeated undefeated teams! (Notre Dame, a team that we have become friendly with, won gold!)
At our hotel in Rochester.


We were fortunate enough to have an outdoor rink right outside our hotel, and a few of us were able to go skate after our 13 hour bus ride.


A few of our team members skating at at outdoor rink outside our hotel.

Before leaving our hotel to compete.
Because we compete in "Open Collegiate", this competition for us is non-qualifying (which means we cannot qualify for Nationsals). Because of this, for our division, this IS our nationals.

Megan (coach and president) and Annie (vice-president) on the podium during the medals ceremony.

The whole team with our silver medals!
Our celebratory dinner at none other than Denny's!

Not only did we place second, but we also got to go to the Mall of America!
The team watching Collegiate, before heading to the Mall of America!

Taken outside of the mall of America (image courtesy Nicole Grams).
 THEN, this weekend, OUSST traveled to Bowling Green State University (BGSU), where we competed against Notre Dame and Central Michigan (the top three teams from Sectionals). WE WON! Words cannot describe how excited we are that we were able to take gold! We were able to come out on top of teams that we had never beaten before.

The plaque we were awarded along with our medals!

One of our seniors, Amanda Harshbarger, with her gold medal!

This weekend, we will be hosting "Toepicks for Tatas", a breast cancer awareness event for "Sibs weekend" here at OU. Another post will follow!

Monday, January 24, 2011

OU v. Indiana Hockey Game video

Everyone please check out OUSST performing at the OU v. Indiana Hoosiers hockey game this past Saturday!

Let us know what you think!

(AW)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

2010-2011 Season!

Hello everyone!  After a short hiatus, we are back to blogging!
Image courtesy Beau Nishimura.

OUSST is skating to a "Weather" theme this year, with a combination of Rosemary Clooney's "A Foggy Day in London Town", Gene Kelley's "Singin' In the Rain" and the Glee version of the Barbara Streisand song, "Don't Rain on my Parade".
Image courtesy Beau Nishimura.

Our costumes are yellow raincoat-esque wrap dresses, that really pop on the ice.
OUSST lacing-up at the MSSS in Charleston, W.Va.

We started the season off with our normal season opener at the Mountain State Synchro Skate in Charleston, W. Va..  We didn't have anyone to compete against in our division, but we used this competition as a critique for prepare us for the rest of the season - we got some great feedback!

Before skating at MSSS.
Next, we returned to Athens for the first week of December, during winter intersession for a week of training for the Dr. Richard Porter Synchronized Skating Classic.  The work paid off, because we got THIRD PLACE!!
3rd place at Dr. Porters!


The third place finish was a huge success for us, a competitive career high!

A copy of the ordinals at Dr. Richard Porter.
We have since skated at two hockey games, and will be skating THIS Saturday night at the OU Hockey v. Indiana Hoosiers game at 7:30p.m. (To buy tickets, click here!!!)

We are gearing up for Midwestern Synchronized Skating Sectionals in Rochester, MN February 2-6, and Tri-States in Bowling Green, Ohio February 11-12.

We encourage your feedback, and will keep you updated!

(AW)