Sophie Overstreet ‘19 competed on the Intermediate Skyliners, a synchronized skating team, that took first place out of 19 teams at the Eastern Sectional US Figure Skating Association Synchronized Ice Skate competition in Pennsylvania late January. The team’s success qualifies them to compete on the national stage at the U.S. Championships in Rockford, Illinois this February 23-25.
More than 2,000 synchronized skaters gathered in Hershey to compete at the Eastern Sectional Championships. Overstreet’s team earned a season high score for their riveting “Wizards” program and for the first time in five years became Eastern champs.
A deeply dedicated skater, Overstreet practices ten hours a week in a facility in Monsey, New York and Chelsea Piers in Stamford with 24 of her teammates from different skating clubs across the tri-state New York metropolitan area. She began her skating career when she was three, and has synchronized skated for the past six years. She remarks, "I love synchronized skating because it challenges me to do my best and work hard. My mom taught me my favorite quote, "You have to work hard for everything you want in life.""
Synchronized skating consists of 8-20 athletes performing a program on ice together, moving as one cohesive unit at high speeds. Characterized by teamwork, speed, intricate formation and challenging step sequences, the Olympic committee is considering to include this as a sport in the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. There are approximately 600 synchronized teams and nearly 5000 synchronized skaters in the United States.