All three teams will perform at the club’s winter exhibition on Sunday, Jan. 30 at the Family Ice Center in Falmouth.

LOWELL, Mass. — The Nor’Easters Synchronized Skating Teams stormed the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell on Jan. 7-9 to medal at the 2011 Colonial Classic. The Open Adult Team claimed silver while the Open Juvenile and Beginner teams each scored bronze in their respective divisions.

The Nor’Easters represent the North Atlantic Figure Skating Club of Falmouth and are coached by Deb Coppinger and Lori Johnson, both of Portland, plus Rob Yokabaskas of Cape Elizabeth.

This marks the second season that NAFSC has fielded competition teams in the discipline of synchronized skating. In 2009, NAFSC served as the host club for the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships in Portland, and the Nor’easters were formed following the success of that event. As the only competition teams in Maine, the Nor’Easters attract figure skaters from five counties within a 50-mile radius of home ice.

The Nor’easters Open Juvenile Team is comprised of eight skaters ranging in age from 11 to 17. Their program is performed to “Tocatta in Fog” by Deviations Project. The team includes Meghan Clifford and Leah Israel, both of Cape Elizabeth; Ava Demer, Caroline Samaras and Elizabeth Stewart, all of Falmouth; Sarena Hall of Topsham; and Sophie Lawsure and Kelley Reardon, both of Scarborough.

The Nor’easters Open Adult Team is comprised of nine skaters ranging in age from 23 to 58. Their program is performed to a medley of rock hits that includes “Back in Black” by AC/DC and “Right Now” by Van Halen. The team includes Cindy Bolles of Yarmouth; Kathy Cain of Oxford; Amy Carlson of Biddeford; Heidi Coffin of Brunswick; CarrieMcCormick of Freeport; Meghan O’Brien of South Portland; Caroline Paras and Molly Spindler, both of Portland; and BirgittaWestberg-Tupper of Kennebunk.

The Nor’easters Beginner Team is comprised of 11 skaters ranging in age from 8 to 11. Their program is performed to “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond. Sunday’s performance marked the team’s first competition. The team includes Katie Callahan of Harpswell; Sadie Cogle of Auburn; Heather Diver of Bowdoinham; Kelsey Glockler and Ally Huard, both of Falmouth; Eden Larsen, Kaitlin Malayev and Victoria Malayev, all of Scarborough; Faith Mitchell of Sweden; Veronica Tarr of Freeport; and Kayleigh Temple of Bowdoinham.

On Dec. 10-12, the Open Adult and Open Juvenile teams competed at the Cape Cod Classic in Bourne, Mass., placing 2nd and 3rd in their respective divisions.

All three teams will perform at the club’s winter exhibition on Sunday, Jan. 30 at the Family Ice Center in Falmouth. On Feb. 3-5, the Nor’Easters Open Juvenile and Open Adult teams will compete at the 2011 U.S. Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y.

For more information, contact Deb Coppinger, NAFSC Director of Skating at 207-781-5058 or visit www.northatlanticfsc.org.


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