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National Champion For Synchronized Skating Team From New Rochelle

The Skyliners perform during a skating competition.
The Skyliners perform during a skating competition. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Local skater Lily Young was crowned national champion at the 2016 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Kalamazoo, Mich. in February.

Young is a member of the Skyliners Juvenile Synchronized Skating Team. A seventh-grader from Albert Leonard Middle School, Young traveled to championships with her teammates to compete among the twelve best synchronized skating teams in the country in her division.

Performing to music from the Broadway show “9 to 5,” Skyliners Juvenile impressed the judges with their best skate of the season, earning eight number one placements from the nine-judge panel. It was a historic season for the team, winning gold medals at every competition they attended, including their sixth straight gold medal at the 2016 Eastern Championships in Richmond.

“It’s been a record season for Skyliners,” said Josh Babb, Skyliners head coach and director of Synchronized Skating. “As our team grows, so do our accomplishments. Our skaters work extremely hard, and their efforts have really paid off.”

The Skyliners Synchronized Skating Team was established in 2001 by a group of parents who wanted to create the most competitive synchronized skating club in the tri-state area. In that first year, the team had three lines. Now in its 15th year, Skyliners has grown into one of the top synchronized skating teams in the country with 11 lines and 190 skaters ranging in age from five to 26.

Visit the Skyliners' website to learn more about this successful team.

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