From young skates just beginning to show their skills on the ice to those more experienced, teams breezed through their routines on Saturday at Swan Syncro Skate 2018.
The Beaver Dam Family Center was packed with synchronized skating fans for the 23rd annual competition. Swan Syncro Skate board president Jennifer Hiley said there were 41 teams competing in the event.
“It went amazing,” Hiley said. “We had 600 skaters alone in and out of the facility with 30 volunteers.”
The skaters are required to be out of the dressing rooms and on the ice at a specific time, Hiley said.
“There is a constant rotation all day,” Hiley said.
The event is sanctioned by Untied States Figure Skating and part of the Midwest Synchronized Skating Challenge Series. It is sponsored by the Peter J. Seippel Foundation.
Beaver Dam’s Swan City Ice Skaters Swan Syncsation did well in the competition. Hiley said the Sychro Skills 1 team came in fifth, the pre-juvenile team came in third and the intermediate team came in third. The novice team was the only one competing in its age bracket, ensuring a first-place finish.
“The novice team had a great skate, but it was not their best score ever,” Hiley said.
All the skaters did a fantastic job on the ice, Hiley said.
“We are very lucky to have the teams we have that come to this,” Hiley said.
Teams come from Wisconsin and Illinois to compete. Wisconsin Edge, from the Pettit National Ice Center in Milwaukee, came with six teams.
Currently the novice level is the highest level for the Beaver Dam skaters, but Hiley said they are working hard at creating a junior level team that could compete at the international level.
Currently, there are six former Swan City Ice Skaters who now skate on U.S. teams.
“We have some great talent here,” Hiley said.